Powerhouse Embryonics Bovine Reproductive Services is a new business operating within Provost, Alta. offering cattle reproductive services and assisted reproductive technologies to local producers.
With doors opening in early April, Powerhouse has had an eventful spring season offering conventional flushes and embryo implanting to clients.
Its founder, Natasha Warwaruk explains further that these technologies allow clients to maximize the genetic potential of their herds and speed up genetic progress.
Warwaruk speaks from experience as she attained a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture majoring in Animal Science from the University of Saskatchewan before spending several years working as a bovine embryologist in Alberta.
In 2021, Natasha achieved her Masters in Assisted Reproductive Technologies from Colorado State University and went on to work as a research specialist at the University of Missouri where her main goal was cloning pigs for biomedical research.
Warwaruk has big plans for the future of Powerhouse Embryonics, and plans on offering in-vitro fertilization services to clients soon. This would make the facility in Provost only the fourth in western Canada to offer IVF services.
In-vitro fertilization has many advantages over conventional flushes, Warwaruk explains, highlighting that embryos can be produced from pregnant donors and that valuable or rare semen use can be maximized amongst several donors.
Powerhouse Embryonics is proud to be working with Dr. Don Miller of Sundown Livestock Transplants from Cremona, Alta. Dr. Miller has had decades of experience in the industry and is providing the veterinary work at Powerhouse. Powerhouse Embryonics has also hired two locals – Brandi Senko-Loose as an office manager and veterinary technician as well as Heather Kohlman as an embryo technician.
Natasha and her team are excited to be able to offer world-class, cutting-edge technologies to cattle producers in the Provost area. Further information can be found at www.powerhouseembryonics.com.