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AI in Northern Mexico

Use of AI in northern Mexico hindered by lack of understanding of its benefits.

RUIDOSO, NEW MEXICO (Aug. 29, 2018) — Roughly 53% of cattle breeders use artificial insemination (AI) in Mexico, according to Andrés Quezada-Casasola from the Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez. In the state of Chihuahua, only 20% of cattle breeders use AI.

Andrés Quezada-Casasola

Reproductive technologies are slow to be adopted in northern Mexico, shared Andrés Quezada-Casasola, Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez, “Most of these technologies are only accessible for large, well-financed cattle producers.”

“Most of these technologies are only accessible for large, well-financed cattle producers,” Quezada-Casasola shared with those attending the 2018 Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle workshop hosted in Ruidoso Aug. 29-30. “This limits the applicability of the technology. We also have to deal with a lack of facilities, increasing the risk for the cattle and crew.”

To a survey of Mexican cattle producers distributed by Quezada-Casasola, more than half of respondents indicated they believe AI does not work. This is their reasoning behind foregoing the technology. Another 17% believe it is too expensive and still 15% are concerned about the complexity of the technology.

“There is a perception from the producers that natural-service breeding will have higher, or the same, pregnancy rates as AI,” Quezada-Casasola said.

Most producers in the state of Chihuahua are raising cattle for exportation to the United States. This means they need a clear idea of the benefit AI provides before they will adopt it.

“Of the people who do use AI, some do it because it is a family tradition or a mandatory use of government financial support,” Quezada-Casasola explained. “Others use AI for disease control.”

Most are unaware of the genetic improvements and economic benefits AI can provide their operation. Faced with a trichomoniasis outbreak in bulls, producers in the state were faced with the challenge of replacing a large portion of their bull battery.

“Some producers had to turn to AI because they could not afford to replace the animals they had to cull,” Quezada-Casasola said.

To sum it all up, Quezada-Casasola simply said, “good genetics weigh more.” This is a direct implication of the operations that have adopted AI technology seeing increased weights across the board.

For details on Quezada-Casasola’s presentation — including the proceedings, PowerPoint and video of his presentation — visit the Newsroom at www.appliedreprostrategies.com.

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