Short gestation length semen

Boost profits with a shorter calving period and more days in milk. Our teams of selectively bred bulls will reduce gestation length by up to 10 days.

They’re a cost-effective alternative to natural mating bulls in weeks 7 to 10.

SGL semen gives you:

  • a more condensed calving spread
  • more days in milk – and more profit
  • more time for cows to recover.   

Longer recovery times means more calves

Cows that calve earlier have more time to recover, which increases their chances of getting back into calf. A longer recovery time can also:

  • reduce birthing interventions
  • improve AB conception rates
  • lower empty rates
  • improve body condition.

Save on breeding costs

SGL semen is a cost-effective alternative to using natural mating bulls in weeks 7 to 10. It’s usually cheaper to use fresh or frozen SGL semen than it is to lease and feed natural mating bulls.  Artificial breeding also reduces the safety risks associated with using live bulls. 

Two types of SGL bull teams to meet your needs

Choose from two types of selectively bred SGL bull teams: 

  • SGL beef and SGL Dairy – reduce gestation length by 8 to 10 days. You can’t keep the offspring as replacements or breed from them.  
  • Compact Calving + BW – reduce gestation length by up to 4 days and keep the offspring as replacements.

Both types of team are available as No Choice packs. You get an even spread of every bull in the team. 

It’s expressed in days. A negative number means a shorter-than-average gestation length.  

Bulls pass on half their Gestation Length BV to their offspring, so if a bull’s BV is -20 his calves are likely to be born 10 days early.

See Understanding gestation length for more information about gestation length.

You can’t keep the offspring from No Choice SGL Packs as replacements and you can’t breed from them.

No Choice SGL Packs are available in one dairy breed and two beef breeds:

  • Crossbred 
  • Hereford 
  • Angus.  

Each pack is made up of teams of a single breed. 

All the bulls in the packs are selected for their SGL traits, rather than for their breeding worth. That includes the Crossbred bulls (different from the bulls in our KiwiCross teams). 

The Crossbred and Hereford packs are available in both fresh and frozen semen. 

Get the biggest reduction in gestation length from the Crossbred dairy packs. Beef packs make it easy to recognise offspring so you can cull them or raise them for meat.

Minimum order: 10 straws.


Use No Choice Compact Calving + BW Packs in late mating – or use them earlier in the mating season to get more days in milk and a longer recovery time.

The packs come in two dairy breeds:

  • Holstein-Friesian
  • KiwiCross.

Short Gestation semen prices

Product

Delivery

Price

Product SGL Dairy® (predominantly Crossbred)*

Delivery Fresh

Price Premier Sires sliding scale – Daughter Proven

Product SGL Dairy (predominantly Crossbred)*

Delivery Frozen

Price $15.85 per straw

Product SGL Beef Hereford*

Delivery Fresh

Price $17.05 including technician services / $16.05 DIY

Product SGL Beef Hereford

Delivery Frozen

Price $12.15 per straw

Product SGL Beef Angus

Delivery Frozen

Price $12.15 per straw

Product Compact Calving KiwiCross® + BW

Delivery Frozen

Price $22.10 per straw

Product Compact Calving Holstein-Friesian + BW

Delivery Frozen

Price $22.10 per straw

Note: Progeny from SGL matings must not be used for breeding purposes.
*Contributes to the Premier Sires sliding scale, and qualifies for InvestaMate discounts. 

InvestaMate Discount

Percentage discount

Year of qualification

How/When applied

Percentage discount 3%

Year of qualification First

How/When applied As credit in March following the season's mating

Percentage discount 5%

Year of qualification Second

How/When applied At time of charging

Percentage discount 10%

Year of qualification Third and subsequent

How/When applied At time of charging

You will move up or down the InvestaMate scale each season depending on whether the 95% threshold was met in the previous season. 

Please note your straw purchase can be made up of any combination of Premier Sires® or Alpha™ straws. Premier Sires Fresh Sexed and Sire Proving Scheme inseminations contribute toward the 95% threshold of (InvestaMate) qualifying purchases, (qualifying animals are female animals born prior to 31st December 2016 in the ‘Herd’ at the time of October charging. “Herd is defined as the whole herd group in MINDA”. The InvestaMate discount does not apply to Premier Sires Fresh Sexed or Sire Proving Scheme products (i.e. InvestaMate discounts only apply to Premier Sires Daughter Proven, Premier Sires Forward Pack, Premier Sires A2/A2, and Alpha products).

Buy Short Gestation semen packs

Increase your profits and save on breeding costs. Contact your LIC rep to order No Choice SGL Packs and Compact Calving + BW Packs.

Contact your LIC rep to buy

Buy Short Gestation semen packs

Increase your profits and save on breeding costs. Contact your LIC rep to order No Choice SGL Packs and Compact Calving + BW Packs.

Contact your LIC rep to buy