How does a commercial herd acquire top genetics?
For commercial herds wishing to introduce the very top genetics to their herd, there are options for purchasing semen directly from stud breeders or breeding companies. Most of the top sires in the DEERSelect Sire Summary list have semen available for purchase. Artificial insemination (AI) is a means by which commercial herds can leapfrog to top genetics in order to produce high genetic merit hinds and stags as breeding herd replacements. The requirements for running an AI program are outlined here.