Successful FTAI Program Kicks Off Breeding Season in San Jose, Del Monte

July 15, 2019 — In the province of Sta. Maria, Bulacan, one of the first successful products of Fixed Time Artificial Insemination (FTAI) generated female identical twin calves; a rarity in cattle raising, and the first obtained via Bionova’s adopted methodologies of FTAI. The mother was successfully inseminated a year prior, on August 17, 2018, in AHA Dairy Farm, which led to the birth of Holstein-Freisian crossbred calves during the mid-week of May 2019.  The one-year-old calves appear small in size and in six months’ time, will be ready for the breeding season. 

Success Rate by means of  FTAI 

FTAI has been known to be a growing trend in heavy volume farms and plays an impactful role in inseminating herd without having to go through natural heat detection. This method is evidently a more cost-effective alternative that presents less risk, saves more time, and reduces labor in cattle in contrast to implementing heat detection systems. AHA Dairy Farm has around 80 heads presenting to be an average-sized farm, but with the help of Bionova’s FTAI program, yielding productivity in dairy production, as well as an increase in pregnancy rate presented to be distinct, compared to the common and often inefficient practice of incorporating the usual heat detection method.

FTAI’s success rate in this batch, presented at 53.8%. This was plausible due to the females with good body condition score (3.0-3.5 points), the high rate of cyclic cows which exhibited more than 80% of the females presenting corpus luteum in the ovaries during the preservice exam. The farm has a good identification and recording system, an appropriate health management approach, as well as good facilities which overall, contributed to the success of the program. 

FTAI as a Proven Alternative to Heat Detection

Adapting the FTAI program in dairy farms can get an average conception rate of 50% in just a day. Inseminating cows is definitely possible by synchronizing heat and ovulation in every cow or bull without having to wait for the next cycle during the breeding season. This also heightens the genetic merit in females by 50%, creating better chances for female heads to pass on better genes to its calves, a whopping 80-85% conception rate in just 3 months of the breeding season, using resynchronization programs or bulls for follow up.

Success in birthing high genetic quality calves is just an added bonus to the many improvements and benefits farms can get when shifting to the FTAI method, rather than relying on the trial and error entailed in natural heat detection systems. FTAI generates long-term impacts that not only improve the quality of cattle and dairy production but also aid in improving the genetics of the succeeding herds in the future.

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