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Artificial Insemination vs. Herd Bull

Artificial Insemination

Pregnancy Rate: 90%
Number of cows pregnant at end of the breeding season


A.I. Pregnancy: 55%

Number of cows pregnant to A.I. sires at end of breeding season


Synch Cost: $900.00

1 $10.00 CIDR, 2 doses GnRH @ $2.50 per dose ($5.00 per cow) and 1 dose Prostaglandin@ $3.00 per dose per cow


Semen Cost $1000.00

$20.00 per cow bred, 100% of cows inseminated, 50 units x $20.00


Labor Cost $400.00

50 cows receive 3 trips thru chute for CIDR in, CIDR out, then AI


A.I. Total Cost $2300.00

(Synch cost, semen cost and labor cost)


Bull Cost (1 bull @ $1987.50 each year) $1987.50

$4,500 each + $1.50/day feed for 2 yrs ($1095.00) = $5595
$5595 - $1620 salvage = $3975 / 2 years= $1987.50
(salvage of 1800 lb. bull @ $0.90 / lb.)


Total Breeding Cost: $4287.50

Added Value

Age Advantage: $2054.00
postpartum days are shortened per cow by 13 days when compared to natural breeding. 13 days x 45 cows = 585 calf days, calves gain 2.7 lbs. per day, 585 calf days x 2.7 lbs. = 1580 extra lbs @ $1.30/lb = $2054


Genetic Advantage: $546.00

A.I. sired calves can add 15 lbs. over average weaning weight. 28 calves x 15 lbs. = 420 lbs. x $1.30/lb. = $546


Total A.I Advantage: $2,600.00

($2054.40 + $546.00)


Total cost per 45 cows $1,687.50

Total Breeding Cost ($4287.00) - A.I Advantage ($2,600.00) = $1,687.50

Cost per Calf (45) $37.50 per calf

Herd Bull

Pregnancy Rate: 90%
Number of cows pregnant at end of the breeding season

 

A.I. Pregnancy: 0

 

Synch Cost: $0.00

 

Semen Cost $0.00

 

Labor Cost $0.00

 

A.I. Total Cost $0.00

 

Bull Cost (2 bulls @ $1987.50 each year) $3975.00
$4,500 each + $1.50/day feed for 2 yrs ($1095.00) = $5595
$5595 - $1620 salvage = $3975 / 2 years= $1987
(salvage of 1800 lb. bull @ $0.90 / lb.)

 

Total Breeding Cost: $3975.00

 

Added Value

 

Age Advantage: $0.00

 

Genetic Advantage: $0.00

 

Total A.I Advantage: $0.00

 

Total cost per 50 cows $3975.00

 

Cost per Calf (45) $88.33 per calf