DIY insemination

Learn to do your own insemination with one of our DIY inseminator training courses.

You’ll learn how to:

  • store and handle fresh and frozen semen
  • safely handle the liquid nitrogen used to keep semen frozen.

We run the courses at training centres throughout the country between February and May each year.

We also run one-day refresher courses for DIY inseminators.

Registrations open in October and close once the courses are full, on a first come, first served basis. Registrations for 2021 are now closed and will re-open in October.

Your place on the course will only be confirmed once payment is received.  

DIY insemination training

DIY full course - 1 week


DIY refresher training - 1 day


DIY training - Register interest for 2021

We use your herd records to prepare a DIY Mating Report advising you which cow-bull matings to avoid. Your herd records must be up to date in MINDA before we can prepare a DIY Mating Report.

If you’re doing your own inseminating using Premier Sires we’ll send you a report once you’ve chosen your bull teams.

If you’re using Alpha bulls ask your LIC rep to prepare a report once you’ve finalised your bull selections. 

Contact your LIC rep for more information about DIY Mating Reports.

See Inbreeding and recessive genes for more details about how we reduce the risks of inbreeding.

This includes:

  • disposable gloves 
  • insemination wipes
  • AB lubricant
  • sheaths — clear tip and green tip
  • inseminators (stainless steel GGI)
  • tweezers
  • scissors.

Buy DIY insemination equipment

If you have your own deep freeze bank we recommend getting it test-weighed regularly to make sure it functions efficiently. We recommend annual weighing for banks more than four years old, and two-yearly weighing for those less than four years old.

Contact your LIC rep to lease a deep freeze bank, buy liquid nitrogen or arrange to get your deep freeze bank test-weighed.

DIY Equipment

AB Supplies*

AB Supplies* Gloves - Plastic disposable

Pkt 100


AB Supplies* Insemination Wipes

Pkt 100


AB Supplies* AB Lubricant

2 litre


AB Supplies* Sheaths - Clear Tip

Pkt 50


AB Supplies* Sheaths - Green tip

Pkt 50


AB Supplies* Inseminators - Stainless Steel

GGI Each


AB Supplies* Tweezers



AB Supplies* Scissors



Prices effective from 1 June 2021 to 31 May 2022.

* Customers are charged a freight fee of $19 per order. For AB supplies orders requiring same-day dispatch, a $32 urgent dispatch fee will apply.

Deep Freeze

Leasing of Deep Freeze Banks (subject to availability)

Leasing of Deep Freeze Banks (subject to availability) Fixed fee (in addition to the non-refundable deposit, see below)


Leasing of Deep Freeze Banks (subject to availability) Per week fee


Leasing of Deep Freeze Banks (subject to availability) Non refundable deposit


Semen storage: $0.55 per straw per year, minimum annual charge $55.

Semen dispatch (LIC semen): DIY customers are charged a dispatch fee of $30.75 per order, charged direct to the client.

Semen dispatch (other supplier's semen, charged to supplier who may on-charge): Dispatch fee $95.40 per order; late dispatch fee $53.30 per order (semen received within 30 days of required date, or after the customer/technician bank has gone in to the field).
NB: If semen is specially freighted or delivered to the customer direct, the actual cost will be charged should it exceed $20.

DIY bank test-weigh: $32 per bank. Banks less than four years old should be tested once every two years. It is recommended banks that are older than four years be tested annually. Testing does not guarantee the bank during the season, but it does provide an indication of the bank's reliability.

Transfer fee: Handling fee of $30.75 per order for semen in storage that is transferred from one participant code to another.

Inter-island transfer fee: $38.50 minimum. Charged to the straw owner and based on transport requirements (i.e. when customer-owned straws are freighted between the North and South Islands outside of normal LIC deliveries).

Liquid nitrogen

From LIC (Newstead or Christchurch)

$4.10 per litre or $5.20 per kg

Field sales

$6.90 per litre or $8.40 per kg

DIY Training - Registration of Interest for 2021

Register interest

Or, contact your LIC Agri Manager

DIY Training - Registration of Interest for 2021

Register interest

Or, contact your LIC Agri Manager