Portable breeding barns

For many beef producers, the biggest challenge to carrying out an artificial insemination (AI) program can be facilities. A portable breeding barn can make the process a lot easier, and you may find it makes the process easier on your cattle too.

A portable breeding barn can simply be backed up to a lead up alley. The barns are floorless and are easily raised or lowered into place using a built-in hydraulic pump. A sliding back door on the barn allows for entry of animals.

Cows typically walk into a breeding barn willingly and remain very calm throughout the process. The design involves little restraint, as a bar simply drops in place behind the animal to prevent it from backing up. Technicians also appreciate the cover and protection from weather the barns afford.

Depending on your region, one-stall or two-stall barns may be available. Two-stall designs allow for two technicians to work simultaneously, which can greatly speed up the process when working large numbers of animals.

University of Missouri Extension maintains several breeding barns, positioned in various parts of the state (see table and map below). These barns are available for rent for a modest daily fee.

Barn locations

Northwest North Central Northeast
Albany
Gentry County Extension
One two-stall breeding barn
Daily rental fee: $50
To reserve: 660-726-5610
Milan - Brookfield
Sullivan County Extension
One two-stall, one single breeding barn
Daily rental fee: $75 for double or $50 for single
To reserve: 660-265-4541
Novelty
Adair County Extension
Two two-stall breeding barns
Daily rental fee: $75
To reserve: 660-665-9866

Palmyra - Bowling Green
Ralls County Extension
One two-stall, one single-stall breeding barn
Daily rental fee: $75 for double or $40 for single
To reserve: 573-985-3911
West Central Central / West Central Central / East Central
Harrisonville
Cass County Extension
One two-stall breeding barn
Daily rental fee: $75
To reserve: 816-380-8460
Sedalia
Pettis County Extension
One two-stall breeding barn
Daily rental fee: $75
To reserve: 660-827-0591
Fulton
Callaway County Extension
One two-stall breeding barn
Daily rental fee: $50
To reserve: 573-642-0755
Southwest South Central Southeast
Mount Vernon
Lawrence County Extension
One two-stall breeding barn
Daily rental fee: $75
To reserve: 417-466-3102
Salem
Dent County Extension
One two-stall breeding barn
Daily rental fee: $50
To reserve: 573-729-3196
Jackson
Cape Girardeau County Extension
One two-stall breeding barn
Daily rental fee: $50
To reserve: 573-243-3581

For more information on facilities for carrying out an AI program, refer to MU Extension publication G2003, Facilities for Artificial Insemination of Beef Cattle.