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Advantages of Artificial Insemination

For decades, it has been known that goat breeders have significant opportunities to make rapid and substantial genetic gains with the use of goat Artificial Insemination (A.I.). This potential comes from the fact that goats naturally have a very large amount of genetic variability; traits of economic importance are very heritable (genetics can have a big impact); and goats have a relatively short generation interval. This means that goat breeders can rapidly produce more off-spring from their best females in larger numbers.

Advantages of Artificial Insemination

  • Increased rate of genetic improvement due to the superior genetics of the bucks (50% is passed along to the next generation).
  • Introduces unique genetics into your herd which can be used on targeted females or bloodlines for great potential to achieve your goals for your herd.
  • Limits the negative impact of a natural-service buck which fails to transmit traits of importance as expected.
  • Reduces the risk of transmission of diseases and parasites through direct contact from a buck.
  • Reduces your cost of feeding, housing, fencing and labour related to maintaining a buck.
  • Accurate record keeping for heats, breeding dates, and pedigrees will lead to more accurate kidding dates, culling decisions and reduced inbreeding levels.

For more information on how you can increase the genetic potential of your herd with A.I., email goats@eastgen.ca