Our Focus

At ShowMe Genetics, we focus on customer satisfaction. Pregnant cows mean happy customers, so our primary focus is high semen quality. Any semen collection that does not meet our morphology and motility standards  (low number of defects and high amount of semen cell movement), will be discarded. No straws of semen will be produced from discarded semen as our ShowMe staff wants to show you the highest possible fertility rates.

What Do I Need to Collect My Bull?

  1.  Call Before You Drive

    1. Make sure we have an appointment before you arrive. ​

    2. Collection on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday.

  2. Health Tests 

    1. In & Out Bull Collection does not require health tests.​

    2. To enter isolation the bull must pass all health tests and we must have a copy of the paperwork.

      1. IF YOU PLAN TO JUMP YOUR BULL, SHOWME MUST HAVE HEALTH TESTS BEFORE BULLS ARRIVE.​

  3. Bull Collection Contract

    1. Complete a contract for each new bull you bring.​

  4. Bull Registration Paper or Registration Number

    1. Send or bring us the paper or number for our collection records.​

  5. Collection Goals

    1. Tell us how many straws you would like to freeze.​

  6. Billing

    1. If your bull is owned in partnership, please provide us instructions to split bills.​

ShowMe Semen Quality Standards

  • Every ejaculation is checked for morphology and motility (the percentage of viable, progressively moving sperm cells).

    • Morphology

      • To freeze semen samples must have a high percentage of viable sperm cells.

        • Therefore, a low percentage of abnormal sperm​ cells.

    • Motility

      • To freeze semen, samples must have progressively moving sperm cells.

  • After freezing, some motility is lost on each semen straw. Therefore, we randomly select straws from each collection to thaw and check motility once again.

  • # of straws varies due to the volume and concentration of each ejaculate collected.

  • Semen straws will be available a minimum of 24 hours after collection to allow for morphology and motility checks before and after freezing.

 

Housed Bull Services

  • Limited time housing is available in our pre-entry barn.

  • Our housed & health tested bulls are placed in two barn locations: ISOLATION & CSS (our residence barn)

  • One of the main advantages of housing/health testing your bull is jump steer collections.

    • Electro-ejaculation is an effective process​.

    • However, using jump steers for collection is a more natural process that is easier on the bulls.

    • To protect your bulls, we require bulls to pass health tests.

      • This prevents our steers from becoming disease vectors to your bull or other bulls in the facility.

 

Pricing

 

Semen Collection Fees

  • New Bull Entry Fee                 $25.00​​

  • Pre-Freeze Discard Fee          $35.00

  • Post-Thaw Discard Fee           $50.00

Per Straw Fee is tiered pricing

  • 0-100 Straw                             $275.00 flat fee

  • 101-1000 Straws                     $2.50/straw

  • 1001 Straws and Up               $2.25/straw

Housing Your Bull at ShowMe Genetic Services

  • On active collecting bulls       $10 per day

  • For bulls not collecting           $20 per day

    • Note: charge begins 8 days after semen collection order is filled.

Health Testing & Vet Fees 

  • While bulls are housed at ShowMe Genetics

    • Testing and Vet fees will be billed to the bull owner as soon as tests and vet work are performed

Semen Evaluation (Semen sample will be checked for motility and morphology only)

  • Bovine Semen Evaluation       $45

 

Tips & Suggestions for  Freezable Semen Quality

How to Prepare Your Bull for Semen Collection

  • Place your bull on a regular collection schedule

    • Often bulls show semen quality improvements on a regular schedule

      • House your bull with us for several weeks to:

        • Place him on a twice per week collection schedule: Monday & Thursday

        • Naturally produce semen using jump steer collections

        • Reduce transportation stress impacts on semen quality​

  • Reduce your bulls stress

    •  The sperm sample produced today is likely the result of conditions 60-80 days before.

      • Avoid traveling within 60-80 days before you want to collect semen.

      • If your bull has developed an infection or illness, give him 60-80 days ​to recover.

      • ​Avoid collecting 60-80 days after ​bulls have experienced extreme temperatures or extreme temperature changes.

  • Allow your bull time to reach mature breeding age.

    • We recommend collecting bulls over 12 months of age. ​

      • Some bulls take longer to reach maturity/may require more time to reach sexual maturity​

  • Turn your bull out with cows

    • Pasture breeding can be one of the best ways for bulls to naturally eject or clean out lower quality semen making way for higher quality semen production

  • Make sure your bull is in ideal condition

    • Healthy working condition is recommended​

      • Bulls with higher levels of external fat, will also develop fat around the testes.​

        • This fat can insulate the bulls scrotum, (causing difficulty regulating the testes temperature) and lower the semen quality of your bull.​

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ShowMe Genetic Services

8134 E State Hwy C

Strafford, MO 65757