Embryo transfer is a form of assisted reproduction, in many ways similar to procedures used on humans. Embryo transfer can be done on many species, but is most commonly done on cattle. With embryo transfer, fertilized embryos from one cow can be implanted in another cow, allowing her to carry the calf to birth. The collected embryos can also be frozen in liquid nitrogen and stored for use at a later time, or shipped around the world.
Our embryo transfer team is involved in the programming and scheduling of the medications required for successful development and fertilization of several embryos, and then of the procedures to collect the embryos and process them for implantation or freezing. Careful documentation is an important part of the process so that the embryos can be exported if required.
We are certified by the Canadian Embryo Transfer Association, and Canadian Food Inspection Agency for exporting embryos throughout the world.
Bovine Health Management
The modern dairy cow is an amazing animal. She is capable of producing over 45 litres of high-quality milk a day, but to do this she must have near-perfect conditions. In our climate most cows spend a lot of their time indoors, so discussions on things like ventilation and cow comfort are very important. With larger herd sizes, disease control is critical, so measures to control the spread of illness are required. Vaccination protocols to fit individual farm operations are needed, and standard operating procedures need to be formed to handle common diseases that may occur. Training of farm personnel in the proper use of medications is an ongoing part of what we do.
Cattle that are producing a lot of milk may have more difficulty becoming pregnant, and we spend a large amount of our time working on reproductive issues. Diagnosing reproductive disorders and setting up treatment protocols for them, as well as performing pregnancy exams are part of regular herd visits.