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Lassen County Times/Westw0od PinePress Tuesday, May 1, 2007 SC e ee Continued from page 4C Although the procedure tends to be tedious at times and at other times physically strenuous, the theory of pro- ducing many, more healthy offspring a year as opposed to one through natural impreg- nation that gives the owner no guarantees that the meat will be quality and disease free, is a cost effective solu- tion even for small ranches. Wolf says that approxi- mately 50 percent of the transfers result in a healthy, disease free calf. Other cattlemen have begun to embrace this new technology "This is not something every cowman does but it pro- duces better quality seed stock and improves average herds," said Mike Bartley, owner of the Flying B Ranch. Bartley believes "this is the wave of the future." "MY dad is old fashioned and set in his ways and saw no reason to change the cattle business," says Bartley "To him ya' see, a cow is a cow and has one calf a year. When I explained this process to him he couldn't under- stand how a cow would war- rant that type of expense." The expense Bartley is talk- ing about is finding out whether the cow has any inheritable traits, good or bad, and giving recipient' cows the proper nutrition to give birth to healthy calls as well as finding out if the cow is a fertile cow. "Fertility is an heritable trait and can be passed along so we need to find out before we continue a procedure like this," says Barfley. These days we want cows to reproduce and this way we can implant multiple cows from one super cow that has been flushed." "Normally we get between two to sixteen embryos and flush a cow three times a year. That gives us 36 potential embryos, frozen mostly, because the logistics of try- ing to implant fresh means having enough synchronized cows that are ready, according to their cycle, to be impreg- nated. The recipient cow and the donor cow need to be on the same day of gestation." When asked why many cat- tlemen don't embrace this option, Bartley explains, "There's a variety of reasons. For one it's labor intensive, for another there aren't enough facilities near where the cows are, the first 60.days after a cow is implanted is the most fragile time to lose a pregnancy But for those of us in it we love it." ',This technology is always moving forward," he says. "It's not as if we're fighting a losing battle, it's here to stay" "With this there is higher :consumer confidence in the product. The quality of meat will better the industry as well." Once found, the embryos are graded on their appear- ance and frozen in a straw so they are ready to implant right away when they are thawed. cow that maybe breeds ten cows in a lifetime can make one-hundred calfs with this transplant into recipient cows," says Wolf. This is a reasonable way to design beef for the consumer. You can breed flavor and ten- derness without a lot of fat and the process limits the passing on of bad traits and lessens the chance of getting bad cows," emphasizes Wolf. "We get a great student draw and usually by word of mouth," he says. "We've also introduced electronic identification for tracking the history of the cow and any diseases that may be present so export and inspection is simpler and safer even though the U.S. ranks thirteenth in using the tracking system out of thir- teen countries that export meat." "[twould be in cattlemen's best interest to adopt this tracking system." Bartley adopted the proce- dure on his ranch after he saw the results working with Wolf. "I would like to leave the industry better than when I started, breeding better cattle and selling better quality meat. 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