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|5 Things I can't do without: Pablo Roque|
|Features - Consultants|
|Wednesday, 24 August 2011 15:55|
Throughout his dairy career, Roque took advantage of seminars and courses to learn more about dairy cattle reproduction. He now has 26 years of experience working in the field of cattle reproduction. When Roque is out on a job site, he makes sure to always have the following five items.
1. Semen tank
Roque says that regardless of the provider or semen type, all semen straws must be properly stored in the tank and removed only when necessary.
2. Thawing kit
Although some breeders don’t use thermometers, Roque does because he likes to make sure the water’s temperature remains constant at all times which, in the end, reduces the margin of error in the thawing process.
The stopwatch helps keep track of how long the semen is thawing and makes sure the breeder stays on track, Roque says.
3. A.I. gun and sheaths
4. Gun warmer
“If the outside temperature is too cold or hot, there is less chance of thermic shock to the semen,” Roque says.
5. Record-keeping system
“Using a results sheet, I can tell which bulls are working best for the dairy and monitor how I am doing in terms of cows serviced versus conception rates.”
Roque adds that this line of work is very delicate and important because the future of any dairy operation lies in its reproductive success.
“This is a process,” Roque says. “Without any of these items you will not be able to complete your job.” PD