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Artificial Insemination

Artificial Insemination (AI)

Artificial insemination is the introduction of high quality semen of a bull by the use of pipettes into the reproductive tract of a receptive female cow. Worldwide, AI plays an important role in improving livestock. Through AI, the genetic make-up of an animal can be changed to improve milk or meat quality. In AI, large numbers of semen samples can be stored together efficiently, ensuring efficient supply of high quality product whenever needed.

Service Description

-       Selection of breeding stock for government AI camps and the on-farm AI programme;

-       Supply of semen, AI equipment and bull directory for bull semen selection;

-       Training of private farmers’ inseminators for the on-farm AI programme;

-       Bull fertility testing on farmer’s request;

-       Constantly servicing the on-farm programme during breeding season and off breeding season by providing technical support.

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How do I get the service?

Contact the District AI Officer in your district or AI office at headquarters.

 

How do I apply for the service?

Contact the District AI Officer in your district.

For government AI camps programme, each farmer is allowed to enter 5 cows of the same brand into the camp.

 

How much does it cost?        

 For government AI camps, it costs P50 for 5 cows to be inseminated with locally collected/tapped semen. However, prices vary with foreign tapped semen as it is a bit expensive. For private on-farm AI, equipment costs P6055.30. Training of inseminators is free. Bull fertility testing cost P175 per bull.

Table 1, 2 & 3 show the prices of AI requisites, prices of foreign semen and AI centres across Botswana.

 

Where can I get more information?

For more information contact Ms. Kapele and Mr. Ranko

 

Postal address                                                 Physical address

Department of Animal Production                  Ministry of Agriculture (Headquarters)

Private Bag 0032                                             1st Floor Room 150 / 148

Gaborone                                                         Plot 4701 Mmaraka road

 Tel: 3689182 or 3689155                               Gaborone

 

 

 

 

Table 1 Prices of AI requisites.   

                                   

Item Description

Prices in Pula

Liquid nitrogen flask                                                

4100.00

Liquid nitrogen (1kg)                                              

7.70

Measuring ruler                                                      

199.10

Local Semen                                                           

5.00 (Irrespective of breed or bull)

Insemination gun (mini)                                         

178.00

Insemination gun (medium)                                   

163.00

Universal gun                                                         

201.00

Packet of sheaths                                                   

33.00

Ear-tags (metal blank)                                            

181.50

Figure punctures                                                     

25.90

Forceps stainless steel                                            

15.00

Scissors stainless steel                                          

16.50

Thermometer short                                                  

49.50

Thermo flask                                                             

77.00

Sheath holder                                                          

52.00

AI kit box                                                                 

240.00

Disposable gloves                                                   

103.00

Liquid nitrogen flask wood box                                

330.10

Canister (medium)                                                    

44.00

Pistollete holder                                                        

39.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Table 2 Prices of foreign semen in Botswana.

Breed

Bull Name

No. of straws available

Prices in Pula

Blonde De

Acquitaine

Diruguti

Drop

21

74

76.00

127.00

American Brahman

MR V8 777/4 (Power stroke)

Copano Manso

Johann Pete Rose

KF Progeny’s Successs 40/0

Renco Manso

Dream Boy

JDH Mr. Amos Manso 568/6

JDH Mr. Echo Manso 237/1

JDH Mr. Manso 258/4

JDH Datapack Manso 563/5

JDH Madison De Manso 737/4

JC Sagre De Ultimate

BB Mr. Stingray 10/0

53

97

45

40

13

17

33

5

37

25

25

50

100

342.00

342.00

268.00

312.50

268.00

268.00

312.50

312.50

156.25

312.50

312.50

156.25

312.50

French Charoilais

Jumper

Laurel

Icare

Iroy

Ibob

Magenta

Rethel

Pinay

Opylos

Draguigan

53

54

37

50

46

50

34

34

46

3

404.00

303.00

141.00

222.00

222.00

182.00

202.00

283.00

222.00

127.00

Drankensbeger

Maneer

57

7.00

Gelbveih

Alf

Hein

50

338

8.00

3.00

German Simmental

Baldrian

Hilba

Holiz

15

10

23

13.00

40.00

40.00

Fr Limousin

Eiffel

74

76.00

 

NB: Price changes are determined by supplies and would be communicated to you.

Static Artificial Insemination Centre programme

This is a government operated AI programme, the objective of which is to make AI accessible to small-scale farmers in communal areas. There are 15 AI centres in Botswana (Table 3).

 

Table 3 Artificial Insemination centres across Botswana

AI centre

Areas served

Nokane

Ngamiland

Makalamabedi

North West and most of Boteti

Makoba

Most of Boteti district

Morupule

Central district

Makoro

Palapye and part of Tswapong south

Sefophe

Bobirwa and Tswapong North

Dibete

Mahalapye and Kgatleng

Ramoalosi

Kweneng District

Tsatsu

Southern district

Goodhope

Borolong area

Sekgwasentsho

Ngwaketse west

Kgainyane

Kgalagadi North

Phuduhudu

Kgalagadi South and North

Ncojane

Gantsi South

Chobokwane

Gantsi North

 

On- Farm AI Programme

The main objective of this programme is to encourage farmers with fenced ranches to do AI in their own ranches. The government support under this programme include:

§   Free Inseminator training;

§   Provision of AI equipment and requisites at subsidized rates;

§   Technical advice;

§   Bull Fertility Testing.

 

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