Artificial breeding technician service

Reduce your workload by letting our artificial breeding technicians inseminate your herd for you.

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.

AB prices

We're pleased to offer you our exceptional AB service at a reasonable cost.

DIY insemination training

DIY full course - 1 week

$699.00

DIY refresher training - 1 day

$180.00

LIC AB technician training

Full course - 2 weeks

$699.00

Premier Sires technician service prices

You are charged per 100 inseminations or part thereof, depending on the number of inseminations to Premier Sires. As described in the tables, the average cost of inseminations decreases as the number of cows being put to AB increases.

Number of cows

Daughter Proven (per insemination)

Forward Pack (per insemination)

A2 team* (per insemination)

Number of cows 1-100

Daughter Proven (per insemination) $23.65

Forward Pack (per insemination) $26.65

A2 team* (per insemination) $26.65

Number of cows 101-200

Daughter Proven (per insemination) $23.05

Forward Pack (per insemination) $26.05

A2 team* (per insemination) $26.05

Number of cows 201-300

Daughter Proven (per insemination) $22.45

Forward Pack (per insemination) $25.45

A2 team* (per insemination) $25.45

Number of cows 301-400

Daughter Proven (per insemination) $21.85

Forward Pack (per insemination) $24.85

A2 team* (per insemination) $24.85

Number of cows 401-500

Daughter Proven (per insemination) $21.25

Forward Pack (per insemination) $24.25

A2 team* (per insemination) $24.25

Number of cows 501-600

Daughter Proven (per insemination) $20.65

Forward Pack (per insemination) $23.65

A2 team* (per insemination) $23.65

Number of cows 601-700

Daughter Proven (per insemination) $20.05

Forward Pack (per insemination) $23.05

A2 team* (per insemination) $23.05

Number of cows 701-800

Daughter Proven (per insemination) $19.45

Forward Pack (per insemination) $22.45

A2 team* (per insemination) $22.45

Number of cows 801-900

Daughter Proven (per insemination) $18.85

Forward Pack (per insemination) $21.85

A2 team* (per insemination) $21.85

Number of cows 901-1000

Daughter Proven (per insemination) $18.25

Forward Pack (per insemination) $21.25

A2 team* (per insemination) $21.25

Number of cows 1001-1100

Daughter Proven (per insemination) $17.65

Forward Pack (per insemination) $20.65

A2 team* (per insemination) $20.65

Number of cows 1101-2000

Daughter Proven (per insemination) $17.00

Forward Pack (per insemination) $20.00

A2 team* (per insemination) $20.00

Number of cows 2001+

Daughter Proven (per insemination) $16.10

Forward Pack (per insemination) $19.10

A2 team* (per insemination) $19.10

* The Premier Sires A2 team is comprised of genomically-selected bulls only.

Alpha technician service

Number of inseminations

per insemination

Number of inseminations 1-300

per insemination $6.65

Number of inseminations 301-600

per insemination $6.35

Number of inseminations 601 +

per insemination $6.05

Some locations, timing of services, or non-dairy herds may incur additional charges.

Cancellations and alterations

Alpha orders cannot be cancelled within 30 days of the AB start date. See Conditions and Service Rules, Clause 57. Alpha orders altered after despatch date may incur a $30 handling fee. 

Despatches

All Alpha Nominated DIY orders will incur a $30 despatch charge.

Non-LIC straws

The cost of an LIC AB Technician using non-LIC straws is $8.65 per insemination. Non-LIC straws do not contribute toward the Alpha Nominated Technician Service graduated scale.

Book an AB technician

Let them make the hard work of inseminating your herd easier.

Contact your LIC rep

Your LIC rep will book an AB technician for you.

Book an AB technician

Let them make the hard work of inseminating your herd easier.

Contact your LIC rep

Your LIC rep will book an AB technician for you.