AWI grower networks
AWI's grower networks are fundamental to the spread of new ideas, continuing education and the adoption of best practice.
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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: