GLOBAL – A sperm sorting technology released by the UK’s biggest semen company will increase the speed and accuracy of semen sexing and boost farm profits.
New sexed semen machines and a quality control laboratory at Cogent’s Cheshire facility will enable beef and dairy businesses to improve herd management and increase output, claim staff at Cogent Breeding.
When Cogent became the first company to commercially offer sexed semen in 2000 accuracy rates were at 85 per cent.
“The new machines are a huge improvement in terms of optical clarity, sorting accuracy and finished product quality,” said Cogent’s operations manager, Innes Drummond.
He added:“Cogent sexed semen reliably produces in excess of 90 per cent female calves, with conception rates that are approaching that of conventional semen.”
The timing of the announcement is helpful for a shaken industry, according to Cogent’s sales manager Mike Phillips.
“At a time when farm profits are once again coming under severe pressure from falling milk prices and a depressed beef market, anything that can improve the efficiency and viability of our customers’ businesses is not only good for us, but also good for them.”
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