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Butler Community College 
Don Gonau
Business,Technology and Workforce Development  
Fall 1993

Farm Animal Artificial Insemination

Course Outline

COURSE DESCRIPTION

AG110. Farm Animal Insemination. 3 hours credit.  The theory and practice of modern animal artificial insemination.  Designed to make the student proficient in artificial insemination and knowledgeable of basic reproduction management.
 
REQUIRED MATERIALS
H. A. Herman, J.R. Mitchel, and G.A Doak, 8th Edition.  The Interstate Publishing company , Danville, Illinois.
Working papers for Artificial Insemination, ABS and KABSU

COURSE OBJECTIVES

The objectives of the course are to:
1. Introduce the student to fundamental theories of the artificial insemination as they apply to profitable reproduction in farm animals.
2. Acquaint student with basic artificial insemination and reproductive term and procedures.
3. Take the student through the reproductive cycle from puberty through parturition.
4. Give the student actual experience in performing artificial insemination on live cows.

TOPICAL OUTLINES OF UNITS

Unit 1. Artificial Insemination Principles and Practice
After completing their study of unit 1, student should be able to:
1.    Describe artificial insemination as a profitable management system.
2.    Describe the techniques of artificial insemination.
3.    Define the application of artificial insemination in a successful animal reproduction.
4.  Illustrate how all the equipment is used in collecting and breeding.

Unit 2. Reproduction Cycle
After completing their study of unit 2, student should be able to:
1.     Describe and illustrate the basic procedures for female development.
2.    Discuss flushing and conditioning.
3.    Prepare a calfing, lambing, or farrowing schedule.
4.    Use a gestation table.
5.    Describe a prenatal nutritional program.
6.    Post calving, lambing , and farrowing dates.
 
Unit 3. Collecting, handling, and storage of the spermatozoa.
After completing their study of unit 3, the student should be able to:
1.    Discuss the procedures used in the collecting semen.
2.    Describe the methods of handling semen in a controlled  environment.
3.    Describe the techniques used in extending the semen.
4.    Demonstrate the proper storage activities for keeping semen.
5.    Illustrate the portioning or dividing of the semen into multiple units for field use.
 
Unit 4. SIRE SELECTION, EVALUATION AND ACQUISITION
After completing their study of unit 4, student should be able to:
1.    Use the general rules for selecting sires by progeny index.
2.    Demonstrate the method of evaluating a herd and determining the most desirable traits.
3.    Discuss the merchandising quality semen.
4.    Use and explain sire selection using a herd sire summary.
 
Unit 5. HERITABILITY AND ECONOMICALLY IMPORTANT TRAITS
After completing their study of unit 5, student should be able to:
1.    Explain trait heritability as it applies to whole herd improvement.
2.    Describe the use of heritable percentage in trait improvement.
3.    Describe the route of animal improvement in economical traits.
4.    Select sires for greatest herd improvement.

 
Unit 6. FEMALE HEAT DETECTION METHODS AND DEVICES
After completing their study of unit 6, students should be able to:
1.    Explain the signs and indicators of heat.
2.    Describe devices used in heat detection.
3.    Explain the use of gomer males.
4.    Describe the use of chin markers in heat detection.
 
Unit 7. HORMONAL CONTROL OF HEAT AND ARTIFICIAL INSEMINATION
1.    Explain the use of hormones in planned matings.
2.    Calculate time of ovulation.
3.    Describe model for group matings using artificial insemination.
4.    Preplan birthdates for uniform marketing of offspring.
 
Unit 8.    SUPEROVULATION AND OVA TRANSPLANTATION
After completing their study of unit 8, student should be able to:
1.    Explain the procedures in superovulation.
2.    Program the breeding herd management for genetic improvement using artificial insemination and the superovulation and ova transplant techniques.
3.   Understand the processes necessary to utilize these procedures for herd improvement.
4.    Merchandise superior genetics via this technique.

 
Unit 9. ARTIFICIAL INSEMINATION OF FEMALE ANIMALS
After completing their study of unit 9,  student should be able to;
1.    Prepare semen for deposition in the reproductive tract.
2.    Inseminate artificially female animals.
3.    Complete the necessary records for mating verification.
4.    Properly maintain equipment necessary for total artificial insemination program.
5.    Explain a total program of animal reproduction using artificial insemination.
6.    Explain the advantages and disadvantages of using artificial insemination.

 
LAB
1.    Status and development of AI in the United States
2.    Basic genetics of cattle breeding
3.    Reproductive organs of the cow and their function
4.    Reproductive organs of the bull and their function
5.    Collection of semen from the bull
6.    Semen evaluation, appearance and viability
7.    Semen evaluation, enumeration and spermatozoa
8.    Semen evaluation, morphology and other measurements
9.    Extenders and extension semen
10.  Semen storage, transportation and handling
11.  How to inseminate cattle- techniques
12.  Training in actual beef cattle insemination
13.  Training in actual beef cattle insemination
14.  Training in actual beef cattle insemination
15.  Pregnancy diagnosis of bred cows
16.  Breeding problems, embryo transfer and related practices

METHOD OF INSTRUCTION
    1. Lecture - Demonstrations
    2. Practical exercises
    3.Question - answers
    4. Actual Breeding cows AI

METHOD OF EVALUATION
1. Exams
2. Quizzes
3. Homework