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Right Man at the Right Time

July 30, 2020 Industry News ASA
By Dan Rieder | Earl B. Peterson, who served as ASA’s CEO between 1978 and 1990, has passed away, leaving behind a legacy based on his skills as a money manager and practical administrator. “I knew Earl casually before he joined the ASA staff, so I was…

New Research Program Offers Members Half-off Genomic Tests for Their Calf Crop

July 29, 2020 Industry News ASA
By Drs. Jackie Atkins and Rachel Endecott | Background: Calf Crop Genomics, a recent program launched by the American Simmental Association in collaboration with Neogen®, offers a 50% off GGP-LD genomic test including parentage ($25 compared to $50 equivalent…

Semen/Nitrogen Tank Care

Dean Kreager, Licking County Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator              |            

It is almost time to start breeding for the 2021 calf crop. Last week I talked about proper semen handling so this week I thought it was worth providing some information on care and handling of the liquid nitrogen tanks. The nitrogen tanks on our farms are likely storing semen and embryos that are very expensive to replace or maybe can’t be replaced. We need to take care of these tanks to make sure we don’t lose the contents.

Many people may be heading to the Ohio Beef Expo to pick up straws of semen and there are some things you should keep in mind.

Ideally, you would have a dry shipper tank to pick up your straws. This is the small tanks they use to send semen to your farm. These are called “dry shippers” because they should not have liquid in them. They contain an absorbent material that soaks up the liquid nitrogen and can maintain a temperature close to the temperature of liquid nitrogen for 1 to 3 weeks. The problem is that these tanks will cost as much or more than your standard storage tank and you need to recharge them with liquid nitrogen before using them.

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