In 2004 we began the process of collecting and flushing embryos from select females. These matings will take us into the next decade with our program. The first ten years at Double H farms has been committed to identifying the traits and type animals we want to move our program in the right direction. The next ten years will involve putting those genetics into production. One of the quickest ways to do this is by using embryo transfer techniques so we can increase the number of siblings from a select mating, in a shorter period of time.
These are the cows you are likely to see embryos in our program.
To put it in simple terms, cows which have proven themselves over time. These cows will have already made their mark in the breed as well as the herds which they distinguished themselves in. They have proven fertility, longevity, and the ability to produce a excellent calf up front. No guesswork here! We are not looking for good EPD numbers on paper in these females. We are looking at how the female has performed over her lifetime.
Sires represented in embryo matings
The sires being used in the matings can be seen by
going to the AI Sires page. Once you are there,
you can click on their name to view their performance
information on file in the AHA website database.
An E.T. heifer at Double H Farms
The bulls we are using in these matings are selected based on known performance, and proven performance. Almost all the sires represented are "Trait Leader" bulls within the breed, are proven sires, or are bulls we have used in our program with excellent results. The bulls dams are typically DOD's themselves or donor cows for other herds. The bulls will be matched with the selected females to produce a desirable outcome .
Some of the sires being used in our flushings: