Facts About the Bull Semen Industry
(AP) - Five companies do 95 percent of the collecting and distributing of bull semen in the U.S. They are Wisconsin-based ABS Global, Alta Genetics, Cooperative Resources International and Accelerated Genetics, and Plain City, Ohio-based Select Sires Inc.
Artificial insemination is mostly used in dairy cattle because farmers keep them in pens and can better monitor their heat, compared to beef cattle which typically roam pastures.
The conception rates with artificial insemination, done properly, and the natural process are comparable at about 65 to 70 percent.
It's also recently become possible for farmers to pick the offspring's sex, but it's more expensive.
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