Semen Collection & 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:
  1. Property collections (unlicensed)
  2. Collection at centre for domestic use (certified)
  3. Export (licensed)
For a list of semen collection and processing fees, please refer to the SERVICES PRICE LIST.

Use within the herd (unlicensed)

Unlicensed semen is intended for domestic use only.  It is an excellent form of insurance for valuable bulls, to maximise the use of a bull within a herd.  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.

Coding of Semen

When collecting and storing semen, coding should be used to identify the following information:
  • owner’s name
  • collector/processor/AB centre
  • bull’s name
  • breed
  • 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 or have bred a top bull, the collection and storage of semen will provide a long-term insurance policy while giving you the flexibility to implement an artificial insemination (AI) program to increase calving rates.
Contact your local veterinarian for on-farm collection.  The veterinarian forwards the semen for processing and storage to the BBS production centre in Rockhampton.

Use within Queensland (certified)

BBS offers a certification for semen collected at the BBS centre.  Semen is collected and processed to minimum quality standards at the Rockhampton production centre.   This certification ensures that the semen meets quality standards for the purpose of sale within the deregulated Queensland market.  BBS certifies that the bull has been correctly identified and that its semen meets specific quality standards.
Purpose:  For domestic use.
Example:  This is a perfect option for owners who wish to sell seed stock domestically.  Stud breeders utilise this service and value-add to the price of their bulls for sale.  By offering a semen package, prospective stud bull buyers receive an added bonus – a confirmation of the bull’s fertility and, in essence, an insurance policy.

Unrestricted Use

Semen is collected and processed to licensed national and international quality and health standards at the Rockhampton production centre.  This semen is eligible for sale throughout Australia and, depending on their sire’s health status, to a range of overseas countries.  Animals submitted for licensed collection must undergo a seven-week quarantine period and are subjected to a rigorous range of health tests before being accepted for collection.  The semen is also stored under quarantined conditions.
Purpose:  For sale throughout Australia and export (licensed).
For more information, contact Graham Stabler at Beef Breeding Services on