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Versatile Adhesive Solutions: This Ain't No Bull

Adhesives can be useful for the most unusual situations and it's our goal to remain a leading provider of versatile adhesive solutions. Take, for instance, bovine fertility. Reproductive efficiency is the single most important factor affecting net returns for a cow-calf producer. Just like every business, farmers need to use effective ways to improve productivity and increase supply to meet demand and get the most return on investment. Because of this, artificial insemination has had a major role on the dairy and beef industry producing genetically superior cattle, preventing the spread of diseases and reducing the need to keep several aggressive bulls on farms.

Farmers now only need to keep one bull on a farm for mounting, yet the bull does not produce enough sperm to impregnate enough cows or other bovine. So where does adhesive come into the picture? In order to get the most bang from their bull, farmers use a bovine fertility patch that adheres on the back of a bovine. It’s a pressure sensitive patch that, upon the pressure of being mounted, the patch turns a bright red so that farmers can tell when the animal is ready for insemination. The adhesive has to be strong enough to withstand outside elements and the pressure from a bull. Overall, this fertility detection system increases the chances of pregnancy by 40 to 60%.

Many patches out there have to be sprayed on both the animal and patch to adhere securely, which is not the easiest thing for a farmer to do. We developed an application system with a different type of adhesive that only needs applied on the patch to effectively adhere to the bovine. And that’s why I wrote this unusual blog.

Gary Hajek, Technical Sales Manager


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