Export Semen Collection

Canada Use (Domestic) – Semen produced to this standard can be sold throughout Canada but cannot be exported. Semen collected during the isolation period meets this standard and is releasable for sale once the bull passes the isolation period and tests.

Export Qualified – Bow Valley Genetics’ semen collection facility is designated as an Export Semen Production Centre. This means we collect bulls under testing and health requirements that allow the semen to be sent to most countries.

For a bull to have semen qualified for export he must pass a variety of health tests and undergo an isolation period. The bull must be present in the isolation barn for a minimum of 30 days. In that time 3 tests are done for Trichomonas foetus and Vibrio at weekly intervals. At the end of the 30 days all of the pre-entry tests are repeated. The TB test is also repeated however it cannot be done sooner than 60 days since the pre-entry TB test. This can extend the isolation period by another 2 to 3 weeks depending upon timing. Once the results from all the tests return and are negative, the bull can enter the Resident Herd at which point export qualified semen can be produced. From the time the bull enters the Isolation Herd until he is released to the resident herd will take a minimum of 6 weeks and perhaps longer depending on the speed of the labs and reporting of results.Some countries have extra testing requirements in order to qualify the semen to enter. We will be doing IBR testing of all semen to enable access to many of these countries. South America and Australia would be examples of countries requiring this extra testing.

Pre-Entry (On-Farm) Testing Requirements

Bow Valley Genetics’ semen collection facility is designated as an Export Semen Production Centre. This means we collect bulls under testing and health requirements that allow the semen to be sent to most countries in the world. We are not an EU Qualified Facility (at this time) which means we do not have the necessary isolation facilities to house IBR – negative bulls.

Your local veterinarian must be accredited by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) to do Pre-Entry AI Centre testing. The test results may take 2-3 weeks to be available and the form CFIA/ACIA 1634 Certificate of Health for Entry into a Semen Production Centre and CFIA/ACIA 1524 Report of Intradermal Test may take another week to be endorsed by CFIA. So this extra time should be taken into account when planning to get your bull into stud.

The completed and endorsed form CFIA/ACIA 1634 Certificate of Health for Entry into a Semen Production Centre and CFIA/ACIA 1524 Report of Intradermal Test must be faxed prior to your arrival or brought with the bull to be allowed entry in to the facility. Missing documentation will prevent your bull from entering the stud.

To aid clients in this process we are providing this checklist to cover as many of the “bases” as possible:

  • Contact us to book your bull with an approximate date of arrival (1-587-887-1934)
  • Complete the Pre-entry testing on-farm (to be completed by your veterinarian).
  • Obtain Certificate of Health for Entry into a Semen Production Centre (to be completed by your veterinarian).
  • Obtain Report of Intradermal Test (TB Test) (to be completed by your veterinarian).
  • Fax Certificate of Health, Report of Intradermal Test, and registration papers to 1-587-317-7392 or email to office@bowvalleygenetics.com
  • Bull must enter the stud within 60 days from the date of the first test. If not the tests will need to be repeated resulting in significant delays and costs.

FORMS FOR VETERINARIAN:

PRE-ENTRY TEST REQUIREMENTS:

The tests that must be performed by your local veterinarian and the labs to which they go are:

  • TB – tail fold test to be read by vet 72 hrs after injection

CFIA Lethbridge Laboratory
Township Road 9-1, Postal Box 640
Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 3Z4
Telephone: 403-382-5500
Facsimile: 403-381-1202
(Animal Diseases Research Institute)

  • Brucellosis – FPA
  • Leptospirosis – MAT
  • BVD – SN – ship on ice do not freeze
  • BVD – IP – ship on ice do not freeze

CFIA Winnipeg Laboratory
1015 Arlington Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3E 3M4
Telephone: 204-789-2001
Facsimile: 204-789-2038
(Canadian Science Centre for Human and Animal Health)

  • Bluetongue – c-ELISA
  • EHD Type 2 – AGID

CFIA Ottawa Laboratory
3851 Fallowfield Road
Ottawa, Ontario K2H 8P9
Telephone: 343-212-0500
Facsimile: 343-212-0204

  • Johnes – ELISA

CFIA Saint-Hyancinthe Laboratory
3400 West Casavant boulevard
Saint-Hyancinthe, Quebec J2S 8E3
Telephone: 450-773-7730
Facsimile: 450-773-8152

  • EBL (Leukosis) – ELISA – ship on ice