Artificial Insemination in Cattle

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If you have never had an animal artificially inseminated, there are a few things you need to know before you purchase frozen bull semen:

  • First you need to identify a veterinarian or other AI professional in your area to do the procedure.  Unless you have received extensive training in artificial insemination (AI) you can NOT do this yourself.
  • You also need a place to store your frozen semen. Semen is stored at -300º F in a liquid nitrogen tank (you cannot store frozen semen in your freezer).  These tanks are costly and need routine maintenance to keep them viable.  Most large animal veterinarians have semen storage available and charge a nominal fee for this service, often as little as $60 per year for 100 straws.
  • Frozen semen is shipped in small liquid nitrogen tanks that must be returned to the shipper.  The facility we use for storage of most of our frozen semen ships directly from their facility, to wherever you plan to store your bull semen to ensure that it arrives in perfect condition.  When purchasing semen from us, you will contact our storage facility directly to arrange the details of shipment. You can expect shipping to cost about $100 for 1 to 100 straws including the return postage for the tank.  Because of the cost of shipment, it behooves you to purchase as much semen from a particular facility as you think you can use to minimize shipping costs.
  • As long as it is properly handled, frozen semen will last almost indefinitely, so don’t worry that what you purchase today won’t be good 5 or even 10 years from now.
  • Artificial insemination allows you to choose from many available bulls to maximize your breeding program.  However, always remember that most AI professionals will tell you that any given AI attempt has only about a 60% chance of success.  This means that when you purchase straws, always purchase 2 straws for each breeding you want to perform. 
  • Lastly, before purchasing semen from us, please call us to discuss your needs so we can help you have the very best probability of success with your AI program.

Let’s Talk About Jerseys

Mini Miracles Farm and Miniature Jersey Cows

Miniature Jersey BullMini Miracles Farm is dedicated to the breeding of fine registered miniature Jerseys.

Many people ask what is a mini Jersey?  To be honest, they are the Jersey cow as she was originally when first imported into the United States from the Isle of Jersey, sometimes referred to as a Guinea Jersey.  She is not so small as to be useless on the farm, quite the opposite, she is a hard working member of your homestead family.  She provides milk and calves to the family and is beautiful to look at.

When first brought from the Isle of Jersey, Jerseys were smallish with most falling into the height range we’d refer to as mid-sized.  Mini Jerseys fall into two classifications: mini standing 38 – 42” at 3 years of age, and mid-size standing over 42” to under 48”.  These smaller animals eat less than full-size Jerseys, usually able to flourish on just one to two acres of pasture.  They are easier to handle because of their size, and they produce less milk.  Most families cannot consume 10 gallons of milk.  The mini Jersey produces 2-4 gallons per day – an amount that can be easily utilized.

At Mini Miracles Farm we breed outstanding foundation bloodstock for the serious breeder as well as percentage animals (mostly Jersey with a small percentage of other breeds to achieve unique and versatile individuals) for the homesteader or small farmer.  Additionally, each animal is registered, DNA tested to prove parentage and other genetic characteristics, and is handled from the moment she is born and then twice daily until she departs for her new home.  By the time she leaves our farm, a heifer will lead easily with a halter, load into a trailer, stand for milking and veterinary procedures, lift her feet for inspection or trimming, and will be gentle enough for a child to handle.

Mini Miracles Farm is committed to matching the right cow to the right environment.  If we do not have the right animal for you, we are happy to refer you to someone else who may.  We love these little animals and want you to have exactly what you want and need.

Pete & Sandy Michael