Better facilities, better AB results

Providing secure, appropriate AB facilities is not only critical to creating a safe working environment but it will also give our AB technicians the best opportunity to get your cows in-calf when first presented.

To help you get the best results from our AB service, we developed a national standard which details the minimum requirements an AB facility must meet for us to provide our AB technician service. 

Following a check,  AB facilities are rated non-compliant, bronze (minimum standard), silver or gold. 

We encourage all farmers to aim for a gold rated facility to give our AB technicians the very best opportunity to gets cows in-calf the first time they are presented. 

If you require any further information, or wish to discuss facility improvements with our AB team, contact AB field support on 0800 454 222.

Get your shed ready

Our artificial breeding facilities booklet contains specifications and guidelines to improve existing AB facilities or to plan from scratch.

AB facility ratings

These ratings are aligned with best practice health and safety requirements. For more details on the rating criteria please see the artificial breeding facilities booklet.

Non-compliant

Technician safety or biosecurity is compromised by any of the following:

  • Animals are not held safely and securely
  • Technician footing is not firm, safe and on same level as animal
  • Access to clean water, disinfectant and a scrubbing brush is not provided

Bronze

  • Animals are held safely and securely
  • Technician footing is firm, safe and on same level as animal
  • Access to clean water, disinfectant and a scrubbing brush is provided

Silver

Bronze level met and;

  • 1%-5% of the herd count can be presented to the technician with unobstructed access
  • Additional biosecurity measures are in place at the entry/exit area of the dairy
  • Foot bath is under roof to enhance disinfectant use by protection from degradation from the environment

Gold

Silver level met and;

  • Minimum 5% of herd size capable of being loaded into a race or onto platform all at once with free access by technician to them all
  • Platform/access to row allows more than one technician to operate, e.g. apprentice or second or third technician when required for big synchrony programmes
  • Batching of animals for different breed step plans is possible and carried out
  • Animal entry and exit is that of natural day-to-day movement by the animal creating comfortable cow flow that provides a calm environment for the animal and people
  • An AB facility and loading bench is protected from all environmental effects
  • The loading bench is within easy access of the facility not more than 10 metres from the insemination area 

Check out our AB facilities booklet

Get a head start and download our AB facilities booklet to improve existing AB facilities or plan from scratch.

Download now

Check out our AB facilities booklet

Get a head start and download our AB facilities booklet to improve existing AB facilities or plan from scratch.

Download now