Tips for a successful AI programme
Stockfarm|August 2021
The success of an artificial insemination (AI) programme depends on several factors that are largely within the control of the producer. It is interesting that those producers who take a hands-on approach to their cattle and inspect them regularly are also the ones who achieve the greatest success. Before his passing, Stockfarm spoke to Koot Louw, a well-known reproduction technologist from Brandfort in the Free State, about his insights into and advice regarding the AI process.
Izak Hofmeyr

Koot had been part of the industry since 1989 when he took a position at the then Taurus Livestock Improvement Co-operative’s bull station in Bloemfontein. He was deeply grateful for what he had learned at Taurus and for the people who influenced his life at the time. Dr Hugh Seton, Dr Ernst Arndt, Dr Nico Schutte and Prof Johan Nöthling were his mentors.

Koot was known for being attuned to animals and for his ability to collect semen from difficult bulls. His instinct for animals, he said, was a God-given gift for which he could take no credit.

Every animal deserves respect

“Animals have no sense of what you want to do with them. They simply think you want to harm them, so it is up to you to make them understand what they need to do. This, I found, is half the battle won. Every animal in front of me presented a new challenge. I believe every animal deserves respect.

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