Recipient Management

The backbone of any successful embryo transfer operation is the selection and management of recipient cows. Transferring the embryo into the recipient is the easy part, but managing the recipient in a way that affords her the best chance of becoming pregnant and delivering a healthy embryo transfer calf requires significant time and labor. SVES offers three plans to help its clients select and/or manage their recipients.

Plan 1
Recipients enrolled in this plan are ultrasounded upon arrival at SVES. The ultrasound exam is a great diagnostic tool for SVES personnel to determine the reproductive health and status of the recipient. Sometimes, a recipient may be non-cyclic or may have other reproductive abnormalities that could preclude her from being a good candidate to receive an embryo. Identifying these females gives the client the ability to cull or take these females home, saving valuable time, money and embryos. Those females selected to remain in the recipient herd are tagged with a clinic-specific ID and are managed on pasture (with supplemental hay and grain) at the SVES facility until an embryo is transferred into the recipient. SVES personnel take care of all heat detection and synchronization services necessary to prepare the recipient to receive a transferred embryo (fresh or frozen).

Plan 2
Some clients may wish to have their recipients confirmed pregnant before taking them back to their ranch. Recipients enrolled under this plan receive the same ultrasound exam and management as those enrolled in Plan 1. However, recipients in Plan 2 remain at the SVES facility following embryo transfer for approximately 20 days. At this time, ultrasound is used to determine whether the recipient is pregnant with the transferred embryo. If she is, the client can then transport her back to his/her ranch. If she is not pregnant, the client has the option of taking her back to his/her ranch or keeping her at SVES so that another embryo can be transferred (additional fees required).

Plan 3
For those clients who wish to utilize their own labor, skills and facilities to synchronize recipients for embryo transfer, Plan 3 provides the most cost-effective option. Under this plan, SVES coordinates with the client to schedule a transfer date. The client is then responsible for synchronizing the recipient so that she is ready to receive an embryo (fresh or frozen) on the scheduled date. The client then hauls the recipient to the SVES clinic on the transfer day for SVES personnel to transfer the embryo. The client then takes the recipient back to his/her ranch.

For additional details or current pricing information, please contact Sherry at 817-599-7721 or sherry@stroudet.com.

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