Working with semen and embryo records

**As a reminder, while the semen area will be available on all plans, the embryo area will only be available on registered plans.

Check Account Settings to ensure the visibility of Semen and Embryo Inventories

Users will first need to be sure the Show Semen Inventory and Show Embryo Inventory is turned on (checkmark showing in checkbox) at My Account > Account Settings > Cattle Records > Cattle Record Areas > place the checkmark as needed to show each area > scroll to the bottom to click on Update Account.

Once activated, semen and embryos may be found by clicking on the Activities tab > Semen and Embryos.

Create a tank for frozen semen and embryo storage

If you don't already have a tank set-up, click Activities > Semen and Embryos > New Tank > give it a name with options to state its location or add comments > Create Tank.

Adding semen inventory records

Click the Activities tab > Semen and Embryos.

To add semen to an existing tank, select the desired tank > click on New Semen > complete the information.  Sire is required as that will then link this straw to his individual record.

You may also view semen on a particular bull's individual record under the semen tab.  The individual bull record area is also where you would mark semen as sold.  Selling Semen and Embryos

If a semen straw was noted to be in a tank and is then used or sold, you will then have to manually subtract that straw from the tank to keep your semen straw count accurate.  Click on the Activities tab > Semen and Embryos > select the appropriate tank > select the bull > Edit > update the number of Units > Update Semen.

Recording an Embryo

Start at the donor cow's individual record page. Click the breeding tab > scroll to the bottom of the page > click New Embryo > complete the data entry as fully as possible > Create Embryo.

Note: While you are able to create an individual embryo record, we do recommend using the flush option described below to create embryos in bulk noting them as either transferred to a recipient cow or frozen and stored in a tank.

Recording flush records for the donor cow and creating embryos in bulk

Click the donor’s Breeding tab > scroll down to click on New Flush. 

Complete the information on the Add New Flush screen as fully as possible. Note: While it is not a required field, entering a number in either the Transferred and/or the Frozen entry line will determine how many embryos you are able to bulk create on the following screen.

After clicking on Create Flush another page will appear allowing you to record / bulk create the embryos. (If you are using Internet Explorer you may not get that page. If this is the case, try using Chrome or Firefox as your browser to get the second page.)

As you create embryos, Embryo Number refers to the individual number assigned to the embryo at the time of collection and is used to identify each individual embryo. The embryo number will help you with identification when creating a breeding record for a recipient cow or in the Embryos tab area of Tanks in the case of frozen embryos or under the Embryo area on a donor cow's Breeding tab. It is not a total count of the embryos that have those matching characteristics.

Embryo Transfer Breeding

Since Embryo Transfer Breeding is done on an individual basis, the steps to putting an Embryo into a recipient cow must be done as shown above when the donor cow is flushed and embryos are created or later as a breeding from that recipient cow's individual record.

Go to the recipient cow's individual page. Here you can either click Record New Activity OR the Breeding tab then click New Breeding > Method = Embryo Transfer > Complete the rest of the fields as needed (Breeding Date is required).  

The Embryo field is a drop-down that displays all the embryo numbers currently created in your account.  Once you select the correct embryo and click Create Breeding, that embryo will no longer be available for use in another cow nor will it be visible as a frozen Embryo in an embryo tank.

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