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Artificial Insemination of Farm Animals

Artificial Insemination

Dairy Scientist Glenn Salisbury established in the 1940s that sperm could be harvested from male animals and that techniques for preserving viable sperm could be developed that would allow for the practice of artificial insemination. Phil Dziuk expanded the technology such that artificial insemination has become the standard practice in reproductive management for many farm animals (more than 80 percent in dairy, more than 60 percent in swine). 

Work that continues to develop applications to the original discoveries still goes on at the U of I – Rob Knox leads a major USDA AFRI-funded project that targets better methods for preserving boar semen that would allow for even greater application in swine production systems.