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Bovine Artificial Insemination Training

About the Bovine Artificial Insemination Training

Iowa State University is proud to offer a hands-on artificial insemination training class to the public. This training will be beneficial to individuals interested in increasing the efficiency and profitability of their cattle operation through the use of artificial insemination. 

The ISU Artificial Insemination Training Class is a three-day course and is taught by Genex/CRI Instructors. Each day of the course will consist of classroom sessions and hands-on live practice with cows.

Individuals who take the class should expect to learn:

  • Basic anatomy of the female reproductive system in cattle.
  • Basic technique of artificial insemination.
  • Process of handling and thawing frozen semen.
  • Basics of the estrous cycle and synchronization.
  • Heat detection systems.

The Iowa State University Beef Teaching Farm and the Iowa State Dairy Farm provide the cows for the class, as well as equipment and gloves needed for A.I. training. Individuals participating in the class should dress accordingly, as palpation of cattle will take place daily.

Included in the price of the class is a $200 Genex semen credit and a starter AI Kit (2 AI Guns, Thaw Unit, Scissor, Tweezers, 2 pack of sheaths, 1 box of breeding gloves, and lube). Kit valued at $120 and will be provided during the training.

Location: 4006 Zumwalt Station Road, Ames, Iowa 50014

Cost: $1,000 (Payment will be made on the first day of class & cannot be paid with debit or credit - cash or check only)

Class Sizes: 15 Maximum

Upcoming Trainings - Registration opens December 3, 2021 at 8:00 am central time

  • Session 1: December 13-15, 2021
    • December 13th, 9 am to 4 pm
    • December 14th, 9 am to 4 pm
    • December 15th, 9 am to noon
  • Session 2: December 15-17, 2021
    • December 15th, 1 pm to 5 pm
    • December 16th, 9 am to 4 pm
    • December 17th, 9 am to 4 pm

Please note, submitting this form does not guarantee a seat in this class.  We will send you a confirmation email once you receive a seat. Please provide your session preference, however we cannot guarantee a spot in your preferred session. Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis. We will post when all seats are full. You will be notified of your status within 3 days following the registration opening.