A proficient breeding management program is essential for the success of any profitable livestock business. Here at Rolleston Veterinary Services, we offer dairy and beef clients top notch reproductive services from conception to parturition and beyond. RVS provides support and guidance on herd synchronization and specializes in creating a breeding program that best suits the needs of your unique operation.
Embryo Transfer is a progressive reproductive technique that’s purpose is to maximize the genetic impact that a high- ranking animal has on your herd by increasing the number of offspring produced by that female.
Cryopreservation of fresh embryos allows clients to transfer the embryos well beyond their collection day and have them shipped domestically or internationally through many years.
RVS has decades of AI experience. AI gives producers the opportunity to mate a cow with elite genetics in the breed from virtually anywhere in the world. Finding the bull that best compliments the characteristics of each individual cow can increase production and profitability of a herd.
Superovulation is the artificial use of hormones used to increase the number of follicles produced on a cow’s ovaries. Each follicle then “houses” an egg to be fertilized during estrus. With the use of follicle stimulating hormone, or FSH, cows can be set up as donors for embryo collection. RVS guides clients through the correct dosage, timing, and management of donor cows for the best chance of a successful superovulation.
RVS offers ultrasound services that aid in the early detection of pregnancy that determines which animals are not pregnant and can quickly get them recycled to be bred and reduce number of days open. Ultrasonography can also detect twin pregnancies.
With outstanding ultrasonography skills, RVS offers clients a fetal sexing service. Fetuses may be sexed between 60-90 days. Knowing the gender of a fetus allows producers to make preemptive decisions about the value and marketability of a pregnant cow or heifer.
RVS is fully equipped to help clients with any difficulties that may arise from the initial onset of labor to delivery including dystocia cases, prolapsed uteruses, or any other disorders surrounding parturition.
Breeding Soundness Exams
A Breeding Soundness Exam, or BSE, is a risk management tool used by producers to determine the breeding ability of a herd sire, especially as they are heading into a new breeding season. A BSE involves a complete evaluation of a bull involving the inspection of sex organs and libido, sperm production and quality, as well as overall health and physical condition of the animal.
Semen analysis is considered the cornerstone in determining male fertility. Using a specialized microscope, RVS analyzes semen samples and evaluates the sample’s key characteristics such as concentration, motility, and morphology. The results of such an examination can give producers important information about the fertility potential of a herd sire or can determine the relative candidacy of a bull for semen collection.
Rolleston Veterinary Services can help clients maintain a quality breeding program that meets the unique demands of an operation. However, even in the most well- managed herds, reproductive issues with individual cows are likely to occur. In these instances, RVS offers its expertise on how to manage these problem breeders to get them bred back as soon as possible.
RVS can perform a number of large animal surgeries on- farm including Caesarian sections, castrations, hernia repairs, Displaced Abomasum, and more.
Genetic testing of individuals in a herd is a powerful management tool that gives the producer knowledge about the current and future potential profit that an animal can yield. Rolleston Veterinary Services collects and ships samples for clients, as well as aids clients in understanding and utilizing the results to make informed decisions for their herd.