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16th December, 2017

Scanning Cows for foetal sex after Embryo Transfer

Visited a client in County Laois who wanted pregnancies sexed following a super ovulation and embryo transfer programme with pedigree Limousine cows.  The four pregnancies were established following the complete procedure.  Foetal sexing revealed three female and one male pregnancy.  The client wanted female pregnancies as the donor cow had excellent maternal traits and there was an excellent demand for her pregnancies.  The total cost of each pregnancy encompassing super ovulation, embryo transfer, ultrasonography and the elective caesarean to deliver the calf was estimated at €500 per calf delivered on the ground.  Therefore, the progeny need to make an excellent premium to justify the costs involved.