Some farmers have been put off using sexed semen due to the cost which can be double the amount of conventional semen.
Peter Larson said: “There are cases when farmers should not use sexed semen and that is when the fertility of the herd is poor. In average to good reproduction herds using sexed semen is more efficient. This extra cost is outweighed by producing a heifer calf, and with all the extra benefits sexed semen can have in genetic progression.”
If you are looking to get the maximum benefit from using sexed semen, you should first consider what the main goals of your herd should be.
Using sexed semen on the best females in the herd allows farmers to develop their cows genetics faster in terms of dairy production. But also using good beef semen that can produce a bull calf with more value.
This is more applicable to Jersey cow farmers, as Peter Larson explains.
“In 2020, 70 percent of the semen sold by VikingJersey was sexed semen. Farmers are quickly realising the potential of sexed semen on Jersey cows as the bull calves produced from the breed are normally of low value. Today we can use sexed semen on Jersey cows to breed a more valuable calf whether it is a Jersey heifer or indeed a calf from a beef sire.”