Breeding and genetics

Breeding (reproduction and selection) and genetics decisions are major drivers of beef enterprises. Read more about some of the workshops and training available to help you develop, or improve on, your skills in these areas.

Artificial insemination

This four-day course covers all aspects of artificial insemination (AI) training, including:

  • anatomy and physiology
  • heat detection and synchronisation
  • program planning
  • semen handling
  • care, purchase and maintenance of liquid nitrogen units.

After the course you will have the skills be able to conduct AI programs on your herd. A one-day refresher course is also available. Artificial insemination workshops are coordinated by Beef Breeding Services and the Emerald Agricultural College (QATC). This is fully accredited training, participants will receive a Statement of Attainment upon successful completion.

Cost $1,168 (subject to change – please check with the course coordinator).

For more information contact the course coordinator or phone 07 4982 8807.

Bull selection

This one-day hands-on workshop shows you how to improve your breeding program by evaluating your bulls’ genetics and its ability to serve and reproduce. The workshop also examines the technology that can impact on a herd’s genetics.

Cost $300 plus GST (the second and third people from the same business are free)

For more information contact the course coordinator.

Pregnancy diagnosis

This three-day course provides you with the necessary skills to manually test animals for pregnancy (not for others for payment). You will be able to apply your knowledge and skills using an analytical approach to examine a range of factors in diagnosing pregnancy.

Pregnancy testing may be used as a diagnostic tool as an integral part of a breeding program or where there is a need to accurately establish pregnancy or absence of pregnancy for other purposes such as culling, drying off or before the live export of animals. Coordinated by the Emerald Agricultural College (QATC). This is fully accredited training, participants will receive a Statement of Attainment upon successful completion.

Cost $1,102 (subject to change – please check with the course coordinator).

For more information contact the course coordinator or phone 07 4982 8807.

Breeding EDGE

This three-day interactive workshop and practical session covers all aspect of reproduction and genetics. During the workshop you will develop a breeding strategy for your property. A follow-up day is also offered to fine tune your strategy.

Costs:

  • First person from a business $1,760 (including GST)
  • Each person when two attend from the same business $1,485 each (including GST)
  • Each person when three attend from the same business $1,210 each (including GST)

Read more about the Breeding EDGE
Contact the course coordinator

Northern Territory Stock Course

This one day course is specifically designed for stockcamps in the Northern Territory. It provides your staff with the basics of breeding and genetics, animal welfare, principles of animal behaviour and handling, animal health issues and best practice in animal husbandry.

Stock Courses are run on stations, to suit station schedules and are free of charge. For more information contact Jodie Ward, Department of Primary Industry and Resources.