Sex-Sorted Semen for Beef Cow-Calf Production
Attempts to shift the gender ratio for a calf crop have been tried several different ways, but the idea of sorting or selecting semen to favor male or female offspring has been researched since the advent of artificial insemination. This is possible because the fertilizing sperm cell determines the gender of the calf. Because of the genetic makeup of the cells, sperm that produce female offspring are referred to as X-bearing sperm, while those that produce male offspring are referred to as Y-bearing sperm.
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