Demand rockets from 70,000 straws of Bull semen being sent to South Island

Demand rockets from 70,000 straws of Bull semen being sent to South Island

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Bull semen demand has been high and is ‘literally flying out the door’ according to the Livestock Improvement Corporation (LIC.).

A chartered plane through Mainland Air is set to airfreight over 70,000 straws of semen from Hamilton to Nelson, Christchurch, Invercargill and Dunedin on Saturday, October 31.

The straws are 12cm long and will be stored in secure chilly bins as cargo during the flight. 


Accordingly, it is the biggest Inter-Island shipment of bull semen and the first time in history for LIC chartering a plane for its semen delivery to the South Island.

The delivery demonstrates the lengths it’s going to ensure there is no interruption to the supply chain during the COVID-19 pandemic.

When the semen arrives in the South Island, the delivery of the straws will be distributed quickly by LIC’s artificial breeding logistics teams to artificial breeding technicians who will be on-farm within days to inseminate their cows for dairy farmers.

The process will start again with LIC’s artificial breeding technician’s inseminated over cows around New Zealand which will result in around $300m in genetic gain.

LIC’s general manager NZ Markets, Malcolm Ellis, says the shipment marks an exciting milestone as it’s the biggest individual consignment to date to the South Island by LIC.

“We’re seeing strong demand across our AB product options this year. Our delivery of fresh semen via our powerful Premier Sires teams continues to be a defining contributor of genetic merit to the national herd.

“This year we are particularly experiencing phenomenal growth in the area of fresh sexed semen which delivers a 90 per cent chance of producing a heifer calf enabling farmers to target valuable heifer replacements from their most productive cows ensuring the rate of genetic gain within their dairy herds is optimised,” concluded Malcolm Ellis.


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Reports have been circulating about Bovine TB being spread via contaminated bull semen. Does anyone know what level of Bovine TB testing is bull semen subjected to, before it is used to impregnate cows?