New ap­proaches to ar­ti­fi­cial in­sem­i­na­tion

Bring­ing in­no­va­tion to Bur­nett

Central and North Burnett Times - - LIFE - Philippe Co­querand philippe.co­querand@cnbtimes.com.au

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.

PHOTO: PHILIPPE CO­QUERAND

IM­PROV­ING RE­SULTS: Glen and Mandy Ballin at their Tu­dor Springs prop­erty near Gayn­dah.

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