New to Ranchland is our IVF division! IVF is done in clinic and can be performed on cows that are up to 120 days pregnant as well as virgin heifers.
We offer on farm embryo collection for freezing or direct transfer. Full super stimulation packages are available. Embryo storage and export is available.
Offering in clinic and on farm direct transfer of fresh or frozen embryos. Full synchronization packages available.
We have a vast array of high quality cattle available for all your embryo recipient needs. All cattle have been carefully selected to be apart of this top quality herd.
We offer a comprehensive list of bovine services including:
We offer a complete list of equine services including:
We offer complete herd health programs that encompass the entire yearly production cycle. Our methods enable producers to look at the bigger picture of their operation while providing quality individual animal medicine. Give us a call to see how we can tailor a program to suit your needs.
We provide bovine semen collection and freezing both on farm and in our clinic. Our mobile lab is equipped to travel to your farm to collect the semen and start the chilling process. The chilled semen will be transported back to our lab for processing. We require the bull identification 3 days prior to collection so straws can be printed accordingly.
No health tests are required prior to semen collection. This semen is frozen for in herd use only and is not to be sold. Only the current owners of the bull shall have access to the semen.
Our CFIA accredited storage facility allows long term storage of frozen genetics. Our semen tanks are monitored weekly and filled biweekly.
After implanting your embryos recipient cows are preg-checked safe prior to getting turned out for the winter. We begin calving August 15th – October 31st annually. Calves are fully vaccinated and reared until six months of age or ready to be weaned.
We offer a complete donor cow housing and superstimulation. This gives producers the piece of mind to drop the cow off at the facility and pick her up once she has been flushed. We look after all aspects of the embryo collection while you focus on your own herd.
IVF is the process of harvesting unfertilized oocytes directly from the ovaries of a donor cow or heifer. These recovered oocytes are then fertilized with semen in a petri dish one day after aspiration and develop in an incubator to become embryos 7 days after fertilization.
There are several reasons which make IVF advantageous compared to conventional flushing including:
Embryo transfer allows clients to multiply the success of genetically superior animals in the herd. 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.
The first and probably most important step in the process is the selection of the donor cow. A female that is known to be free of reproductive abnormalities or genetic defects can be used in ET. However, this does not necessarily mean she is a deserving donor candidate. Regardless of your selection criteria, the value of the calves from a donor must be high enough to justify the added expense. Selection criteria can be based on actual performance, EPDs, phenotype, relationship to other outstanding individuals, or some combination of these factors. Consideration must be given to the marketability of the calves. The purchase of a potential donor female can be an expensive proposition. The breed, selection criteria, and marketing opportunities will eventually determine the value of a donor female. Prices may range from a few thousand dollars to tens of thousands of dollars to an extreme of several hundred thousands of dollars. The individual breeder will have to determine the purchase price that is economically feasible for their operation.
The first and probably most important step in the process is the selection of the donor cow. A female that is known to be free of reproductive abnormalities or genetic defects can be used in ET. However, this does not necessarily mean she is a deserving donor candidate. Regardless of your selection criteria, the value of the calves from a donor must be high enough to justify the added expense. Selection criteria can be based on actual performance, EPDs, phenotype, relationship to other outstanding individuals, or some combination of these factors. Consideration must be given to the marketability of the Proper recipient herd management is critical to embryo transfer success. Cows that are reproductively sound, that exhibit calving ease and that have good milking and mothering ability are recipient prospects. They must be on a proper plane of nutrition (body condition score 6 for beef cows and dairy body condition score 3 to 4). These cows also must be on a sound herd health program. To maximize embryo survival in the recipient female following transfer, conditions in the recipient reproductive tract should closely resemble those in the donor. This requires synchronization of the estrous cycles between the donor and the recipients, optimally within one day of each other. Synchroniza tion of the recipients can be done in a similar manner and at the same working time as the donor cows. There are a number of different estrous synchronization protocols with advantages and disadvantages for each protocol. The critical point regarding recipient cow estrous synchronization is the timing must match the time of insemination of the donor cow so that the donor and the recipients have a similar uterine environment seven days later when the transfer takes place. Synchronizing products are more effective on recipient females that are already cycling. “Anestrus” or noncycling cows that are too thin or too short in days postpartum will not make useful recipients.
It is possible that customers can set up their own donors for flushing. In this case, the customer would contact us to arrange a date for the flush and superovulation protocol for beginning shots. The customer would then be responsible for the insemination of the cow at the appropriate time. On the flush day we require a warm chute area to perform the flush, the lab work will be performed in the mobile laboratory.