New approaches to artificial insemination
Bringing innovation to Burnett
NORTH Burnett graziers Glen and Mandy Ballin have launched Heiferland, an innovative new approach to artificial insemination.
The company is geared towards addressing a significant need in the Australian beef industry.
Heiferland is a trademark business developed in 2012. Its programs have been tested for the past five years.
The company services cattle from across the world and the Ballins, who live near Gayndah, are working closely with graziers in Rockhampton.
They are now expanding to other regional areas such as Roma.
Mr Ballin said his company offered five different services that could help commercial and stud producers.
“You’ve got the custom heifers, contract heifers, trade heifers, rent-a-womb and the commercial synchronised breeder management option,” Mr Ballin said.
The custom heifer is where clients develop their own heifer with their choice of semen and time length.
Afterwards, every heifer will be submitted to Heiferland’s unique synchronisation program with two opportunities for insemination.
“We sought to make it available and achievable and affordable for the average breeder operation in the country,” Mr Ballin said.
“Heiferland is uniquely geared to develop the female and the vital role she plays in all viable and productive cattle operations.”
Research showed that if a heifer failed to breed in the first year, it resulted in an average lifetime calf crop of 55% compared to 86% for her herd mates.
It was therefore vital that cattle owners took steps in the first year to ensure heifers were breeding properly, Mr Ballin said.
“The principles and benefits of Heiferland’s synchronisation process are the building blocks for everything we do, so your contract heifers receive the same benefits as the custom heifer and trade heifer options,” Mr Ballin said.
The commercial synchronised breeder management program had proven to be the most successful, he said.
“It enables you to have the possibility of a cow and a calf every single year, which a lot of people don’t realise is not possible without synchronisation,” Mr Ballin said.
“The dollar value for the producer to be able to have their main breeder mob having a calf every single year while increasing their genetics is just great.”
■ For more information on the breeding programs, visit www.heiferland.com.au or phone Glen and Mandy Ballin on 4161 3217.
IMPROVING RESULTS: Glen and Mandy Ballin at their Tudor Springs property near Gayndah.