10-16-2012 09:24 AM
Anyone out there raising someone else's calves instead of your own? John Grimes of the Ohio State University Extension says the concept of cattle surrogacy can be profitable for all parties involved.
Essentially, the process, which is called serving as a "cooperator herd," allows a herd of commercial cows to function as surrogate mothers for another herd whose owner wants to produce additional calves from a desirable female through embryo transfer. Producers can liken the concept to grain farmers renting crop ground, Grimes says.
So, what do you think? Is it a good deal? Have you considered cattle surrogacy at your place?