In the April/May/June 2012 Georgia DairyFax Newsletter, William Graves, professor and extension dairy scientist at the University of Georgia, shares practical advice on using electronic thaw baths to thaw semen for artificial insemination of dairy cattle.
“Electronic thaw baths have become very popular on Georgia dairy operations,” Graves writes. “Both AC and DC versions are available, depending on where you need to thaw your straws.”
He recommends keeping the unit full of clean tap water. It takes approximately one minute for the water to warm 2 degrees Fahrenheit.
“That means 80 degree F water requires 8 minutes to get to 96 degrees F, and 60 degree water requires 18 minutes,” he says.
Source: April/May/June 2012 Georgia DairyFax