From production to sorting, processing, and reproduction performance in the field - we follow performance closely and make adjustments to ensure satisfaction with the results.
Using sexed semen is an excellent way to improve performance in your herd, both from a genetic and management perspective.
Are you concerned whether sexed semen is worth the extra expense? Is the performance high enough to secure the desired conception rates in your heifers and cows?
Since the launch of gender semen sexing for the cattle industry, the technology has developed rapidly, leading to great improvements in:
- semen quality
- sorting efficiency
- field performance
In 2009, we obtained the first reproduction data relating to the use of sexed semen produced at VikingGenetics, which reported 10-20% lower fertility when sexed semen was used as compared to conventional.1
Conception rate close to conventional semen
Nowadays, the fertility gap between conventional and sexed semen is closing and today’s conception rates achieved with sexed semen are very close to the level for conventional semen.
The current difference is on average between 5 and 10%, and even equal to conventional semen for some of our bulls (data for 2020). Within ten years we have therefore managed to reduce the fertility gap by 50%. Continuous improvement will secure even better results in your herd.
With X-Vik sexed semen, you tap into decades of scientific research and data collection. Behind each X-Vik dose is a world-leading quality control protocol developed in close collaboration with universities and research organizations.
In the last decade, the use of sexed semen has increased rapidly and currently one third of doses sold in VikingGenetics’ home markets (Denmark, Sweden, and Finland) are gender sexed. In the period 2015-2020, the number of X-Vik semen doses sold has more than doubled.
This increase in the use of sexed semen generates a substantial amount of feedback data, which is then actively used to further optimize the technology, straw content, and semen quality.