Winter Weather & Semen Handling: Think Outside the Tank

by Brenda Brady on 31 January 2019.

You might think that since the semen was frozen, it’s no big deal to expose it to the chilly wind or to delay putting it in a pocket right away. However, it’s important to always handle semen carefully no matter the outside temperature! 

Here are a few points to consider while handling semen this winter:

1. Liquid nitrogen still evaporates in cold weather, so don’t forget to put the cork back on your tank as soon as you are done pulling out the straw.

2. Regularly measure your tank’s liquid nitrogen level, just as you should in the warmer months.

3. If your fingers are wet due to snow or ice, they are more prone to frost bite. Be sure your fingers are dry when touching semen straws, or wear milking gloves to avoid getting your skin stuck to the straws.

4. Pay attention if using the warm water thaw method. It takes just seconds for the semen to freeze again if it is windy outside.

5. Always warm up your A.I. gun. If you have a gun warmer, use it!

6. As always, slowly push the plunger into the A.I. gun while depositing semen.

For best results, think twice about how you handle semen outside the tank during winter weather!

Related articles

New dairy cattle breeding method increases genetic selection efficiency

Brazilian scientists at São Paulo State University (UNESP) collaborating with colleagues at the University of Maryland and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) have developed a dairy cattle breeding method that adds a new parameter to genetic selection and conserves or even improves a population’s genetic diversity

READ MORE
Top genetic traits to improve lifetime yield revealed
by Marco Winters

AHDB Dairy have revealed the genetic traits dairy farmers should focus on if they are aiming to increase their herd’s daily lifetime yields for fat and protein

READ MORE