Livestock 2013: Calculator aids sexed semen use

A new, interactive spreadsheet will allow farmers to calculate the benefits of using sexed semen.

The tool, which is available through Cogent Breeding and has been developed in line with Kite Consulting, uses key parameters such as the number of replacements required, conception rates, heifers bred and calf values to predict the cost and return of using sexed semen.

It also enables farmers to use sexed semen more effectively by selecting the best genetics to maximise conception.

The company says it can help to increase margins by up to 2p/litre.

The tool is free and will be available through Cogent, World Wide Sires and Dairy Daughters’ breeding advisers.

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