The Boy's Dad sent this to me, and figured he'd be safe since "you are are country girl, who just happens to be in the city."
|The Laughing Cow|
p.s. I love their cheese
- It allows farmers to select sires (the male) of superior genetic value. This allows us to improve the phenotype of animal (For example, my mom and dad just bought a frozen semen interest in a bull that brought $175,000. For a MUCH lower dollar value they will be able to access these genetics without having the buy the actual bull.)
- In return this allows us to improve the production traits of offspring (more muscle for meat, or more milk for consumption)
- It also allows us to keep fewer bulls around, which is important because the bulls are only with the cows during mating season. The rest of the year they have to be separated from the cow herd
Neither the Boy or I know how to A.I. so we have an outside farmer come and help us. The nail above the cow method isn't used at our cows. Instead we keep a close eye on our cows and watch for when they come into estrus or heat. Sometimes I think I know more about a cows estrus cycle than a women's! Once a cow is bred nine months later we get a new baby calf. Pretty amazing technology we get to use on our farm.