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Embryo transfer

What is embryo transfer?

Embryo transfer is an advanced reproductive technology which allows clients to multiply the success of genetically superior animals in the herd. Conventional (in vivo) embryo collection consists of super stimulating donor females with follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) which causes multiple follicles to ovulate, this is followed by artificially inseminating (AI) the donor female and then a week later collecting or 'flushing' the embryos from the uterus. Those embryos are then either freshly transferred into recipient females or frozen under liquid nitrogen, the embryo can stay frozen until they are ready to be thawed and implanted.

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embryo transfer Process

Select
donor

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Donor on
protocol

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breeding

flush

Implant

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Select your donor female

Donor super stimulation

Breeding of donor either by AI or natural service

After 7 days the donor is flushed to retrieve the embryos

Viable embryos are either freshly implanted into a recipient female or frozen

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Why embryo transfer?

With conventional embryo collection producers are able to optimize their best genetics. Producers can market these genetics through embryo sales or use them to improve the genetic advancement rate in their own herd. Many producers also enjoy incorporating outside genetics from other herds by purchasing embryos from other producers.