The Dovea Genetics DIY Artificial Insemination (AI) training course takes places over 4 half days at our training facility based in Thurles, Co Tipperary. The DAFM certified course is open to farmers operating this own business, their employees and any person that wants to upskill or become an AI technician as part of their career. The course is a combination of both theoretical and practical based learning. On Day 1 of the course the participant is introduced to basic bovine reproductive anatomy and the theory around AI. They also get to examine and practice AI on bovine reproductive specimens from previously slaughtered animals. Day 2, 3 and part of Day 4 is practical learning where participants are on farm. During this time the participants practice and perform dummy AI on live animals and upon completion are deemed competent in the skill of bovine AI. The Dovea Genetics centre Veterinarian along with 2 fully qualified training instructors guide the participants through all the stages of AI and are on hand to give advice, guidance and any help that is required. Instructors and the centre vet will prioritise human and animal safety at all times during the course. On the final day of training, participants are also given a more in depth explanation on bovine reproduction, synchronisation, managing fertility issues, washout methods and dealing with problem cows. Trainees will also be given an overview of business operations at Dovea Genetics, the services we offer and the dairy and beef sires that are available from our stud. Once the course is completed, Dovea Genetics issue a certificate of competency and forward participant details to the DAFM who them issue the applicant with a DIY AI licence.
Upon completion, Dovea Genetics Ltd will forward both a certificate of completion and the participants completed DIY AI licence application form to the DAFM. Once both are received and approved the DAFM will issue the DIY AI licence to the participant. The DIY AI licence will allow the participant to perform AI on their farm or the farm they are employed on and up to 2 other nominated herds also. A DIY AI licence is required by law in order to purchase and handle frozen bovine semen.
Who should attend?
The DIY AI course is a useful skill for anyone who is interested in upskilling and being able to perform AI in cattle. AI gives you access to elite high index sires which will accelerate genetic improvement on farm which will have positive economic, environmental and socio ecological effects.
More specifically, dairy and beef farmers (and their employees) who are already in receipt of a technician service or those with breeding females that they want to AI their own are very good candidates to complete the course. We also offer the course to students who want to complete the course as part of their further education.
A DIY AI course can also be done as a pathway to full time employment as an AI Technician working with a genetics company.
Venue: Dovea Genetics Ltd, Dovea, Thurles, Co Tipperary E41FH28
Program Fee: Members / Non-Members: €450
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