Selecting Bovine Embryo Donor Cows

Post Date: March 7, 2023
Selecting Bovine Embryo Donor Cows

What makes a female ‘high-quality’ enough to be an embryo donor? This post we will discuss what characteristics we look for in our donor females.

  1. Good confirmation
  2. Registered genetics that reflect breed standards
  3. No genetic diseases
  4. Docile and easy to handle
  5. Pass general and reproductive tract exams

Interestingly, temperament is a heritable trait. Thus, we like our donor females to be docile and easy to handle; not only because donor females make a lot of trips to the chute but also because they will pass a bad attitude to their offspring.

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