Semen collection and processing
The structure of fees and charges for collection and processing services is based on the intended use and, ultimately, classification of semen. The three different classifications are on property collections (unlicensed), collect on centre for domestic use (certified) and export (licensed).
For a list of semen collection and processing fees, please see products
Use within the herd (unlicensed)
Unlicensed semen is intended for Domestic use only. It is an excellent form of insurance for valuable bulls. Generally, bulls collected for unlicensed semen production have undergone only minimal health testing. The semen is also often processed in non-licensed premises and may not meet the quality control standards expected by semen purchasers. Unlicensed semen is generally processed into wine red straws, which should be identified by the letters.
Other information, usually in code, includes:
– owner’s name
– collector/processor/AB centre
– bull’s name
– date of collection
Purpose: To maximise the use of a bull within a herd or as a type of insurance policy
Example: If you purchase an expensive bull, the collection of semen will provide an insurance policy while giving you the flexibility to implement an artifical insemination (AI) program to increase calving rates.
Contact your local veterinarian for on-farm collection. The veterinarian forwards the semen, which is then processed at the production centre in Rockhampton.