The utilization of estrus synchronization or ovulation synchronization and fixed-time artificial insemination (TAI) has potential to influence the economic efficiency of cow/calf enterprises by improving a producer’s opportunity to shorten the calving season, increase calf uniformity, have earlier births during the calving season, enhance pre-weaning growth, and heavier calves at weaning. However, additional costs may also be associated with these protocols such as labor, time, and facilities.
In order to aid the decision making process, we developed a smartphone application for Android and iPhone/iPad users called the ‘AI Cowculator’, which may be useful to beef producers to incorporate their own costs and determine the value of estrous synchronization in their own operations.
The AI Cowculator may be downloaded free of charge and is a decision aid tool to assist producers to determine whether they should consider TAI rather than purchasing herd sires for their cow herds. In addition, the application contains a locator to determine where products may be purchased and technicians who can provide the service, along with additional resources and a link to the AI Cowculator social media. We encourage producers and members of the allied industry to download the AI Cowculator and utilize this tool to assist in making bull buying and breeding season decisions
(AI Cowculator Instructions). For users who do not have an Android and iPhone/iPad Smartphone device or would prefer to user a personal computer, an Excel-based version is available and can be downloaded by clicking AI Cowculator