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Artificial Breeding

Artificial breeding in the Merino industry commenced in the 1950s with the first semen frozen in the mid-1960s. Laparoscopic artificial insemination (AI) was developed in the 1970s and commercialised in 1982. Now around 175,000 Merino ewes are joined by AI annually and around 15,000 Merino lambs born to embryo transfer.

AWI has had a long history with supporting Artificial Breeding technology with recent and current research projects including:

  • Cervical AI; Sydney University
  • Sex Semen; Sydney University
  • Improving he success of Sheep AI programs; South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI)
  • Semen Standards
  • Sensing technologies to improve AI protocols without PMSG
  • Artificial Breeding Workshop 19th Dec 2018