The Israel Longhorn Project must get to a sustainable level of cattle production as quick as possible. We must get to approximately 200 to 300 reproducing cows in order to support the project and its charity and education elements. The amount of reproducing cows needed would depend on the pasture conditions and the local market. The cost is greater the longer we take to get to that point. Embryo transfer has a normal loss rate of between 25 to 35%, which means we have to use the best Artificial Insemination (A.I.) team or company in Israel to lower the percentage of normal loss to 25% or lower. We must start with as close as possible to a 100 live calves to achieve sustainability within 5 years.
To start the project:
Israel has the most advance dairy industry in the world. Which only uses AI or artificial insemination on all of the dairy cows. We will borrow that technology to start the longhorn project. We will use the best AI teams. Who will hormonally synchronize the embryo host so each one will come in to heat at the precise time the embryo will be implant.
After a few weeks we will check each cow for pregnancy with ultra sound technology. Host cattle will get a health diet to insure a full pregnancy and healthy calf. Dairy staff will do the calf care until the animal is weaned or change to dry feed from milk.
Then the calf will get supplemental feed and slowing adapted to the range environment. In other words TLC, we will be the longhorn mothers, 24 hours a day, until the calves can care for themselves.
We will use dairy facilities to insure healthy and strong longhorn calves.
A. Obtain the best 100 Texas Longhorn cattle embryos from Darol Dickinson Cattle Co.
B. Preparation of experimental range site.
C. Prepare living, office and lab facilities.
D. Texas Longhorn calves @ #300 lb.
E.Feed calves while they are in isolation to increase weight and size.
F. Transfer calves to experimental feedlot or range.
G.Weight calves weekly for the first month. Then weight and body score them every 30 days.
H. Calves are now 12-14 months old; breed them.
I. Heifers give birth in # 9.5 months.
J. Immediately after birth.
K. In 60 days
M. Weaning at 150-210 days.
N. When calves are 12-14 months old, breed them.
O. Donate, loan, lease young breeding bulls and heifers.
P. Repeat the yearly cycle.