Embryo Transfer is a progressive reproductive technique that’s purpose is to maximize the genetic impact that a high- ranking animal has on your flock or 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.
Laparoscopic Artificial Insemination
Conventional embryo transfer involves specific timed hormonal treatment using follicle stimulating hormone, FSH, of a donor cow or heifer to promote the ovulation of numerous follicles. This process is known as superovulation. RVS will provide you with a tailored schedule detailing every step you need to take to successfully prepare your donor for her flush date.
RVS has years of LAI experience. Laparoscopic artificial insemination gives producers the opportunity to mate female with elite genetics in the breed from virtually anywhere in the world. Finding the ram or buck that best compliments the characteristics of each individual female can increase production and profitability of a flock or herd.
Superovulation is the artificial use of hormones used to increase the number of follicles produced on a female’s ovaries. Each follicle then “houses” an egg to be fertilized during estrus. With the use of follicle stimulating hormone, or FSH, females can be set up as donors for embryo collection. RVS guides clients through the correct dosage, timing, and management of donors for the best chance of a successful superovulation.
Once the embryos have been inspected under a microscope and deemed viable, they then may either be transferred directly into recipients (who serve as surrogates) or the fresh embryos are frozen to be thawed and transferred into synced recipients at a later date.
Note that recipients must be synchronized, via natural cycle detection or artificial hormonal treatment, and approximately seven days post estrus in order to achieve a viable transfer resulting in pregnancy.
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.
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 ram or buck 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 ram or buck for semen collection.