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Donor housing

Peak vet health Donor housing

AT PVH we offer complete donor cow housing. This gives producers peace of mind knowing their donor is under the management of professionals who put the care of their donor females of utmost priority. By having your donor housed at PVH our very capable team looks after setting donors up for IVF and Conventional flushing protocols. We look after all aspects of your donor females protocol and well being while you focus on the rest of your cows at home.

What to expect?

  • Top notch care of your donor at all times

  • Full access to veterinary staff

  • Regular daily walk throughs of all donor pens to evaluate health and general condition

  • A customized nutrition plan aimed towards donor reproductive goals

  • Pick up or drop off your donor whenever is most convenient for you

  • How often can oocytes be collected?
    Oocytes can be collected every two weeks and this is one of the main advantages of IVF as cows can be collected more rapidly to improve genetic genes.
  • What results can be expected with each IVF?
    An average mature breed cow will give 18 oocytes which should translate into roughly 5 freezable quality embryos. Beef heifers will vary more in their oocyte numbers and embryo development rates. However, typically we will see 30-40% of oocytes develop into freezable quality embryos.
  • What donor females make good candidates for IVF?
    Similar to conventional embryo production highly fertile cows will still produce better in an IVF scenario. Donor selection criteria such as age, parity, fertile history and nutritional status are essential in choosing proper candidates for IVF. However, cow that do not perform well in a conventional flush should still perform well in an IVF.
  • How young can heifers be IVF'd?
    Heifers can be collected as early as 8 months, but for best results it is common to wait until they’ve had their own natural heat cycle prior to collection.
  • What are grade 2 IVF embryos?
    According to IETS grading standards a Grade 2 IVF embryo would have a similar classification to a Grade 1 (excellent) conventional embryo. Pregnancy rates between Grade 1 and Grade 2 IVF embryo are very similar.
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