Anna FFA Members Jordan Richards and Nathan Poeppelman practicing AI with Rick Ellerbrock after learning about it during their animal science class

Anna FFA members learn about AI, livestock reproduction

Rick Ellerbrock of the Central Ohio Breeding Association (COBA) visited Anna High school recently to share his knowledge of artificial insemination with the Animal Science and Technology class.

The Animal Science and Technology class has been learning about livestock reproduction. They have studied the male and female reproductive tracts as well as many types of breeding that have included natural breeding, embryo transfer, cloning, and artificial insemination (AI).

Ellerbrock came in to teach the class more on artificial insemination in cattle and what it entails from the breeder’s point of view.  He demonstrated the proper techniques for large animals. COBA provided female reproductive tracts for students to practice AI technique. Ellerbrock also informed the students of some of the AI classes he gives and some of the jobs he does which provided the students with additional knowledge of reproduction.

“I learned a lot from Mr. Ellerbrock about Artificial Insemination. It was really neat to see a real female reproductive tract and to practice AI myself,” stated sophomore member Brianna Fanaff.

The Anna High School Animal Science and Technology class would like to thank Mr. Ellerbrock for sharing his time and knowledge with them.

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