Making inseminating easy
Our artificial breeding technicians provide a convenient, door-to-door insemination service. They’ll bring all the straws you’ve ordered to your farm, as well as any equipment needed to store them.
They’re experts at what they do and they produce consistently high conception rates.
Contact your LIC rep to book an AB technician.
Reduce the risk of inbreeding with DataMATE
All our technicians use DataMATE, an app to prevent inbreeding and disorders caused by recessive genes. DataMATE calculates the risks of a particular mating and issues a warning if the risks are too high. The technician can then inseminate the cow with a more suitable bull.
DataMATE also updates your mating records in MINDA.
See Inbreeding and recessive genes for more information about how we prevent the problems caused by inbreeding.
Low Group Policy to safeguard conception rates
We constantly monitor the performance of our technicians to make sure they deliver the best possible results. If a technician fails to meet our minimum conception rate, we’ll help get your herd’s reproductive performance back on track. Under our Low Group Policy you may be eligible for free AB products and services.
Better facilities, better AB results
Good AB facilities help produce better results. Our artificial breeding facilities booklet contains specifications and guidelines to plan from scratch, or to improve existing AB facilities at dairies and runoff locations.
Whether a farm has an existing dairy, or a new dairy is being built, the AB facilities must be of the type and capacity to comfortably handle the number of animals likely to be submitted for AB.
Artificial breeding facilities booklet
Train as an AB technician
We train more than 100 new AB technicians every year. You’ll need to complete a two-week training course, then spend a year as an apprentice, working alongside an experienced technician, before you can start working on your own.
We regularly monitor the performance of all our technicians.
We run the two-week courses at training centres throughout the country between February and May each year. You must achieve 85% in the first week to continue to the second week. You must achieve 95% in the second week to graduate from the course.
Applications open in November and close once the courses are full.
Find out about the 2018 courses.
We're pleased to offer you our exceptional AB service at a reasonable cost.