Artificial insemination keeps this Maine farm running

Casa Cattle Company in Corinna has plenty of cows and calves that make up a successful belted Galloway breeding program, but not many bulls to be seen.

Instead, the grain room contains two cryogenic tanks, each containing 150 vials of bull semen, and 30 fertilized embryos containing genetic material from around the country.

Corinna Caron walks into the grain room at Casa Cattle Company in Corina, where there are two cryogenic tanks, each containing 150 vials of bull semen and 30 fertilized embryos representing genetic material from around the country. Credit: Linda Joan O’Kresick / BDN

Rather than deal with the expense and work required to keep enough bulls to provide the genetic diversity Ashton Caro was looking for in his herd, he opted to purchase or store semen from his own precious stock to do the job.

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