ADVANCED BREEDING SERVICES
Advanced Breeding Services was established in October
1993. ABS developed as an industry leader equipped to
apply “new” artificial breeding technology to emerging
demand from specialist stud sheep and goat breeders
within the Australian livestock industry.
Today ABS is a small mobile team
geared to meeting the requirements of sheep and goat
breeders throughout Australia in AI, ET, embryo freezing
and thawing, and organizing the import and export of
Our results over the years have been
better than industry averages in both sheep and goats
because of our attention to detail in donor and
recipient management, timing, embryo culture and
surgical technique, always keeping in mind the cost of
production of each lamb or kid. We consider a 60% stick
rate an average result with many of our programs in the
past years averaging 75% and over.
The past 10 years have seen some
modification of commercial sector participation and now
continue to focus on the following areas;
Artificial Breeding in
Juvenile In Vitro Embryo
International Export -
Services and Technology.
The development of our own
ABS – Recent Technology Advances in association with
a. An initial MIVET trial was conducted at Detpa Grove
White Suffolk Stud in 2011 using direct oocyte
transfers. From this we have been able to define the
necessary research protocols needed to establish a
commercialisation pathway. The original scientists who
developed the MIVET concept have offered to assist CA to
develop a commercial MIVET laboratory at the Detpa Grove
Artificial Breeding facility.
b. Cervical AI, semen collection, semen freeze and chill
technology has been successfully incorporated into the
White Suffolk Breeding Program within the CA / Academy
Cooperative Joint Venture. Given the recent developments
from the Academy and the potential of investment in
Sichuan this has immediate commercial outcomes for CA
given that the neighbouring Aba district runs over
c. On farm semen collection and freeze protocols have
been implemented at the Detpa Grove AB facility and
unique ram semen collection and enhanced freezing
d. Our cooperation has witnessed innovative
technological outcomes from the deployment of ABS “On
Farm Embryo Transfer” protocols at Colchis (Australis
White Dorper Stud), Detpa Grove White Suffolk Stud and
Anden White Suffolk Stud.
Proven feed regimes have been developed to increase
ovulation response in Donors and Recipients in AI and ET
programs and enhance early colostrum release in lambing
Protocols have been developed to ensure Donor and
Recipient post operative health.
Donor preparation for ET has been enhanced to improve
An innovative procedure has been successfully tested to
increase stick rates in Recipient maiden and mature ewes
post embryo implant.
The effects of luteal failure in super ovulated Donor
ewes and consequent loss of embryos has been negated in
ET programs, again by applying innovative hormone
Proven protocols, developed since 1978 that cover modern
AB application from facility design to commercial
implementation have been refined “on farm” at Detpa
Grove and improved through innovation and field trials.
"Professionally my interest has been at the interface
between technology and livestock production and the
commercial application of artificial breeding
techniques, on farm throughout Australia, accelerating
the production of rare and elite
animals at a realistic
price. This has taken on an international flavour in
recent years with a focus on China."