Hi, again! Thanks for all the help in the "getting started in beef" thread I posted a few days back. This is a less general question I've been reading up on Artifical Insemination and Embryo transfer. One thing I cant seem to find anywhere- is what are the costs of such a program? I can find the costs for straws on lots of different bulls, and even some empryo costs, but estimating the costs of a program is really confusing. I do see the schools to go to, and I think I'd like to attend one. But I'd probalby want an experienced technician to help us the first season or two, until I can get some experience. Preferably on the less expensive heifers and semen. Haas anyone ever imported semen from abroad? I'm curious about the details of such a transaction. With lowline bloodlines being somewhat closed, the importation of good semen or even embryos stikes me as a way to try for some above average breeding seedstock for myeslf and for sale. Is anyone familiar with mini cattle prices? Decent breeding stock, especially in the MO/AR area. I'm thinking of possibly going with some Dexter females, and breeding up to 3/4 for my beef calf production, with that being 2/3 to 3/5 of my herd. Then concentrating on some fullblood for the remainer, with great care towards producing high priced quality stock for show/sale and my own heifer replacement. The prices of decent (not nationwide show winners, but second string as a good start) stock on the net is running about 2-6k each for open heifers, with an occasional deal here and there. So, using AI is going to be a way to get the very best bloodlines affordably, even if it takes a few years to breed up to being competitive in the show ring. Talking with DH, he wants me to get an estimate of what we are going to need to budget for such a start. I can get some ideas of the show quality stock on the net, but the cost of AI programs and decent Dexter or other mini's to use as breeders for the beef cattle stock is still pretty hard for me to estimate. I'm estimating that I can afford to purchase about 6-8 cows or heifers and 2 or 3 full or 3/4 lowlines to start with, if the house sells for the prices we want and the place we find is in the general price range we are looking at. Perhaps more if the moving and set up costs come in below what I'm estimating, perhaps less if they're higher. I'm basically trying to estimate the costs of a first year AI program using a service for about 10 cows. Any help you can share on where I can find these cost, or estimates I should use for budget and business plan creation would be very much appreciated! Any suggestions of services that are offered in the Ozark area would also be great, I suppose I can call and ask them directly what their charges are and what services they offer. Ive checked the online yellow pages but havent had any luck finding them.