AI technicians part of programme


West Coast dairy farmer Colin van der Geest has used CRV Ambreed’s artificial insemination (AI) Technician Service for two years.

“The service is good, the technicians are clean and tidy and do the job properly, which is the most important thing to me,” Colin said.

“I’m pleased with the stock I get from using CRV Ambreed, particularly the physical attributes.”

CRV Ambreed’s national AI service development manager Cara O’Connor said CRV Ambreed contracted, trained and certified around 200 AI technicians to inseminate close to half a million cows each year throughout the country.

“Our technicians must achieve high results. We have a rigorous training and certification programme, followed by daily monitoring of technicians’ results throughout the AI season. We do this using PortaBULL, our mobile application that records cow mating information and electronically reports all data back to head office every 24 hours. We also have a team of AI supervisors on farm throughout the season who aim to visit every CRV Ambreed customer in the country alongside the technician at some point during mating.”

As well as the calculation of individual technician performance, PortaBULL also allows quick and easy transfer of data directly into customers’ herd recording programmes. 

Willowgrow Farms’ Gareth Edwards found using PortaBULL saved time.

“It’s taken lots of paperwork off my hands, and the information syncs well with our existing records. I found it an easy, hassle free app to use. Like the other services I use with CRV Ambreed, it works well for our farm.”

It is important to be aware that from time-to-time, AI technicians contracted to CRV Ambreed may also choose to provide a private service to farmers outside their CRV Ambreed clients. They are entitled to do this, but in these instances farmers need to be aware that they are not representing or working on CRV Ambreed’s behalf.

For the first time this year we are running a 12 month apprenticeship for new AI technicians, and we are ensuring the highest quality service with ongoing training for all our AI technicians.

If you would like clarification on our contracted AI technicians, please contact Cara on 0800 262 733.

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