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Mac WinslowTwinning in Cattle Due to the continual fluctuation of the cattle market cattle producershave been searching for ways to improve their production and increase their profits anyway possible For years genetic engineers have been working hard on improving economicefficiency in cattle It is their hope that through genetic research they can improve theyield and the income of cattle producers around the world Research has shown thattwinning is one way that farmers can increase their yield Twinning has a significantinfluence on producers as well as people who are involved in all realms of agricultureThe reason for this large impact at this time is the fact that the occurrences arelimited However many producers have a vision that twinning can be more than a once in ablue moon occurrence These producers see twinning as a way to dramatically increase theiryield per calving season Producers will increase their income due to more weight per yearper cow It is necessary however that the producer be well educated on how to handle twinning in order for it to be successful for them Many agencies see twinning as an economic move upward The AmericanBreeder Service has made efforts to produce semen as well as embryos with high predictedbreeding values available to producers They have been recorded based on Winslow 2twinning probabilities and ovulation rates A large amount of work on twinning has alsobeen done by the Meat and Animal Research Center Since the early eighties they havelocated cattle with a high frequency of twinning and been forming a breeding foundationbased on this characteristic We believe the time has come to make some of theseunique genetic resources available to the beef industry through artificial inseminationand embryo transfer Gregory 23 An extensive amount of research has been doneusing embryo transfer in cattle In one study recipients were implanted with either asingle embryo two embryo in one uterine horn or one embryo in each uterine horn It isalso possible to split
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