Facilities

The Rocky Repro facilities are DAWE approved and the centre is licensed for production of semen and embryos for export.

The laboratory is equipped and continually updated with high quality semen collection, assessment and processing equipment to make certain the highest standards are achieved. The facilities have been purpose built to ensure your animal’s comfort and safety, bulls are accommodated in ¾ acre shaded paddocks, ensuring they have plenty of room and are relaxed and content. The bull paddocks, under cover yards/collection area, laboratory, office and storage facilities have all been constructed to comply with OIE/DAWE – Biosecurity  requirements and are of the highest international standard.

Semen Collection and Processing

Custom semen collection and processing for domestic or export

Bulls vary widely in semen production and semen quality. Upon entering the centre all bulls are evaluated based on their specific needs and the bull’s physical ability to produce quality semen. Based on this evaluation, we customise an individual collection program including accommodation, nutrition, collection frequency and method, diluent and processing options. This approach ensures all factors are considered and the best possible results are achieved from each bull. All semen collected on centre is assessed, processed, re-assessed, packed, inventoried and made available for shipping within 48 hours of collection. Every batch of semen processed at Rocky Repro undergoes a full morphological assessment. When you have a bull collected at Rocky Repro you will receive a Semen Morphology report for every batch of semen processed from your bull, upon request (See Fertility Testing & Morphology).

On farm semen collection

Rocky Repro staff can also provide an on-farm semen collection service, where the semen is transported from your property to the Rocky Repro centre for evaluation and processing. Your veterinarian can also collect your bull on-farm and send the semen to Rocky Repro for assessment and processing.

Quality assurance

To ensure the semen collected and/or processed by Rocky Repro is of the highest possible standard, we engage several independent experts in the field to provide on-going quality assurance checks. This is our commitment and your guarantee to achieving a quality product and service.

Fertility Testing and Morphology

The Rocky Repro team can assist with all semen testing and morphology needs. Rocky Repro centre veterinarian Dr Ced Wise is accredited with the AACV and can conduct all your on-farm bull semen testing and “Bull Breeding Soundness Examinations” (BBSE).

Rocky Repro has 3 semen morphologists, Emma Griffin, Tim North, and  Dilhani Hadirampela who are participating members of the University of Queensland sperm morphology standardization programme (UQSMSP). The Rocky Repro morphology team provide a prompt semen morphology service for vets and cattle producers across Australia. This process analyses the structure and form of individual spermatozoa to determine the number of normal and abnormal cells. Contact Rocky Repro dispatch for semen morphology sample tubes.

AI Program Management

Rocky Repro provides a full on-farm A.I. service including:

  • A.I. technicians
  • Customized breeding programs – design and management
  • Supply of drugs and all artificial breeding supplies (see Products for full listings)
  • Liquid nitrogen hire tanks
  • Semen requirements

Embryo Transfer

Centre veterinarian Dr. Ced Wise together with embryologist wife Rowena are widely acknowledged as one of Australia’s foremost embryo transfer teams.

Ced has over 32 years experience across Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands and the United States. Ced and Rowena offer a practical down to earth approach to embryo transfer and their vast wealth of bovine reproduction knowledge and advice is able to assist you every step of the way.

Rocky Repro Embryo Transfer services include:

  • Embryo transfer, collection or freezing at Rocky Repro centre for domestic or export needs.
  • Storage of frozen embryos
  • Donor programming
  • Problem donor services
  • Recipient cow synchrony programs on your farm
  • Supply of all drugs and consumables
  • Artificial Insemination

Semen / Embryo Storage and Shipping

Rocky Repro offers a cost effective option for the storage and warehousing of semen and embryo’s, either in Rocky Repro storage or your own Liquid Nitrogen tank stored at, and serviced by Rocky Repro.

Rocky Repro’s inventory and warehousing system is among the most advanced available. All private storage LN tanks are inventoried on arrival and various reports are available on request including straws on hand, transfers, shipping and sales.

You may prefer to store your genetic material in Rocky Repro storage tanks, all the same report services are available on request.

Has your farm tank got a bit out of control? Drop your farm tank into our dispatch department for a full inventory and repack.

Rocky Repro provide dry or wet hire shippers to freight semen and embryo’s to any destination in Australia serviced by our freight providers. In most cases this will be your nearest town with freight depots. Your schedule should allow 7 – 10 days for delivery from Rocky Repro.

Call one of our expert Dispatch team to discuss your needs.

Export / Import Service

Rocky Repro offers a world-wide service for both export and import of genetic material.

As a DAWE approved collection centre we can coordinate the collection and export of your genetic material to the destination of your choice with the minimum cost and inconvenience. If importing, we can assist with combining shipments to minimise costs. We also provide assistance with import permits, air freight, customs procedures and DAWE inspections, streamlining the process for all involved.

Rocky Repro exports to Argentina, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Namibia, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Philippines, South Africa, Tahiti, Uganda, USA, Vietnam, Zimbabwe, Zambia,

Semen Sales

Rocky Repro Semen Marketing Division has become one of the most comprehensive semen sire listings in Australia. Browse through a continually growing selection of sires from a wide range of breeds.

Internationally recognized as Australia’s leading source of the latest Brahman and Bos Indicus bull semen.

Rocky Repro offers a semen marketing service to Australian and International seed stock producers of any breed.  Rocky Repro can organise sire listing, sales, shipping and payment requirements.  Contact Tim North to discuss or download our Semen Marketing Brochure below for more details.