Cost comparison of natural service sires and artificial insemination for dairy cattle reproductive management.

@article{Overton2005CostCO,
  title={Cost comparison of natural service sires and artificial insemination for dairy cattle reproductive management.},
  author={Michael W. Overton},
  journal={Theriogenology},
  year={2005},
  volume={64 3},
  pages={589-602}
}
Despite the widespread popularity of artificial insemination, many dairymen still prefer the use of natural service sires due to a variety of reasons, including a common perception that it is easier to manage and less expensive than AI. Little has been done to estimate the explicit and implicit costs, including the probable loss of genetic progress associated with the use of natural service sires in dairy herds. A partial budget approach was used to stochastically model the expected costs and… CONTINUE READING

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