Please contact us at bellefourche@aol.com for export availability.

Selection depends on country of destination, but generally, the following bulls are available for export:

Belle Fourche Clay

Belle Fourche Lasair

Belle Fourche Macintosh

Belle Fourche Mr. Right

Mrald Absolutely Perfect

Mrald Overture

Please email bellefourche@aol.com for more information.

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How to order semen, for United States buyers.

Prices below

Buyers in other countries please contact bellefourche@aol.com for information.

This information is specific to purchasing semen from our website, but the process is pretty much the same all over the United States. In most cases, U.S. Dexter breeders ship semen orders directly to their A.I. technician or veterinarian. If they have their own liquid nitrogen tank, they usually ship directly to their farm. The semen is frozen and comes in individual doses, called straws.

Semen is purchased from the seller.  Once the order/payment is made, the seller will release the straws into your name at the lab.  You will then contact the lab to arrange shipping.

The lab will charge a fee for filling a shipping tank with liquid nitrogen, and renting you the tank. Most charge $35.

The lab will arrange shipping, typically with UPS. The shipping charges include delivery to your destination, pick-up of the tank from your doorstep, and return of the tank back to the lab. Normally, the UPS charge for this entire service is around $100 for any zip code, except HI and AK.  If you choose to ship another method, want insurance, or need rush delivery, the shipping cost may be higher.

If you ship from one lab to another lab, like Genex or Hawkeye, and you are not in a hurry, you can sometimes avoid the UPS charge, because labs have tanks going back and forth between them and you might be able to wait for your straws to hitch a ride.  If your A.I. technician works through one of these big labs, this may be an option.  (In Canada, this is very common; in the U.S., we do not have the same network of technicians.)

We do not have a minimum order, but nobody ever ships just one straw. You do not want to repeat the time and expense of shipping semen, if your cow doesn’t conceive the first time. As a general rule, people ship 2 straws per cow; or even try to create a little library of straws , especially if there is a selection of bulls available in the same shipment. Storage with an A.I. technician is typically free, or just pennies per straw, so extra straws can be saved for subsequent years.

Here are our prices, per straw.  There is no minimum, but there is a 10% discount on ten or more straws, and you can mix bulls to make the ten straw package.  

Mrald Amadeus (Sexed straws, sorted for female calves, A.I. grade)  $160

Belle Fourche Mr. Right $150 (very low quantity)

Mrald Absolutely Perfect $90 (Canada only)

Belle Fourche Lasair $90

Belle Fourche Rousseau $90

Belle Fourche Mon Coco $80

Mrald Overture $80

Hillview Red Wing $65

Master’s Touch Shrek $380 for 10 straws (sold in full canes of 10)

Serenity Oak Farm Taco $100. Very low quantity, contact us before making the order.

Unregistered, small, red, homozygous polled Dexter bull.
$25. (Calves will not be eligible for registration so these straws are for use on grade Dexter cows, or cross breeding projects.)

 

To pay by check or money order:

Gabriella Nanci, 165 Courtland St. NE, Suite A-234, Atlanta, GA 30303

There is no volume discount on very low quantity bulls.

To pay by Paypal:

Go to paypal.me/BelleFourche.

For wire transfer instructions, please send us an email. 

 

 

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