Artificial insemination

Artificial insemination for goats

source: Jenny White
Country Smallholding July 1999
starts p43, 2 pages long

Artificial insemination (AI) for goats became popular from the 1980s, and can increase choice for goat owners. Owners of goats not yet tested for CAE can use this service, which is easier than taking a nanny to a billy goat. Owners can also store semen from their own goats. Conception rates tend to be lower than for natural service, and vary in line with inseminators' experience. Owners need to plan ahead if they want to use AI services, so they have to keep records to forecast when their nannies will ovulate. Caprine Ovine Breeding Services (COBS) trains inseminators, who work as freelancers.