Please note – this course is currently under review. Please contact Alison Regan –, 01270 613165 for further information. 

Cattle Artificial Insemination

Date: TBC

Time: 9.30am registration for 10am start – 3pm finish

Trainer: Mike Christie Veterinarian-DEFRA Approved Trainer

Venue: Reaseheath College, CW5 6DF

Group Size: Five

Cost: £660 with DEFRA certificate of competence -Student discount available

The benefits of Artificial Insemination (A.I.)

  • Improve the genetic quality of your herd.
  • Positively impact your herd’s profit generation potential.
  • Increase consistency and value of your calf crop.
  • Access to superior and proven herd sires at an affordable price.
  • Eliminate the need to purchase, house and feed bulls.
  • Reduce labor and costs associated with convenience traits, such as; calving ease and milking ability.
  • Shorten your breeding and calving season.
  • Animal Science students – learn a skill that makes you more valuable to perspective employers, veterinary school or your family ranch/farm.

AI course further details

Day 1

Morning- Anatomy and physiology to include; Heat detection (including heat detection aids), frequency and timing of insemination/standing heat to ovulation/voluntary waiting times. Progesterone levels over time. Sperm quantity/lifespan/activity in uterine tract. Am/pm rule of serving bulling cows.  Practical using uterine tracts.

Afternoon-Practical insemination.

Day 2

Morning – Semen Handling and thawing; Straw data, legal requirements of recording of semen straw data. Requirements of bull testing prior to sperm collection. Liquid nitrogen and flask management/ health and safety. Thawing procedure. Loading of insemination gun with sheath and straws. Analysis of sperm under microscope. Problem shooting. Further practical work using uterine tracts.

Afternoon-Practical insemination.

Day 3

Morning – AI legislation. Reproductive management/heifer/cow conception rate/ Cow stress and effects on productivity/fertility. Days in milk and the milk lactation curve. Factors affecting milk production e.g. nutrition/mastitis/bad calving etc. Submission rates. Optimum condition scores at key times. Embryo transfer/bull proof discussion.

Afternoon – Practical insemination, including cream test and scan to establish accuracy of technique.