Owner’s Use Semen – No health tests are required. The bull can arrive and depart the same day. Only the owners of the bull are allowed access to this semen, it is meant to be used within their own herds only. It is not to be sold or traded. At the time of collection the owner is required to sign a declaration stating they will not trade or sell the semen. The straws are marked with the owner’s name. Owners Use Semen goes through the same quailty controls as our export produced semen, ensuring you recieve top quality semen.

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.

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