DIY AI Course

AHDB Beef & Lamb is providing 50 per cent funding towards DIY artificial insemination (AI) courses for suckler producers with over 30 breeding females.

Following successful uptake in 2017, funding has been extended until March 2020, with a further 250 course places available.

XL Vets Training Services and Westpoint Farm Vets will be delivering the courses on a regional basis across the country. To book onto a course, please contact your nearest provider. Full contact details and regional coverage, including upcoming course availability, can be found below.

Funding from AHDB Beef & Lamb is dependent on the delegate completing and passing the course. Failure to pass the course will result in the delegate paying the full cost.

The funding will also be available to final year Agriculture students who can successfully demonstrate how they will use the skills gained on the course in their future career.

Any students applying for funding should complete an application form and return it to ku.gr1539713797o.bdh1539713797a@tte1539713797cwaf.1539713797yma1539713797

The personal information we collect on this form will be used to assess your suitability for the AI course. The personal data of a successful student applicant will be used to enable AHDB and its training providers, XL Vets and Westpoint, to administer your AI training. The personal data of any unsuccessful applicant will be deleted within three months. AHDB will retain the personal data of successful applicants for up to six years as a record of your course attendance and to contact you for feedback. For further details on how we use and look after your personal information please read our Privacy Notice at


Why use AI?

• Improve the genetics of your herd

• Use bulls with proven performance

• Tailor the breeding of your herd by selecting for maternal or terminal traits

• Speed up genetic progress of your breeding females with sexed semen

• Reduce the need to keep as many bulls on farm

James Shouler, a suckler producer from Oxfordshire, attended a course in 2017. In this short video he talks about the benefits of being able to perform AI on his herd.



In March 2017, we ran a webinar on the benefits of using AI in the suckler herd. You can watch again below.


Location and contact details

North East

XL Vets

North West

XL and Westpoint Farm Vets

East Midlands

Westpoint Farm Vets

West Midlands

XL Vets

South East and East Anglia

Westpoint Farm Vets

South West

XL Vets and Westpoint Farm Vets


Westpoint Farm Vets

Tel: 07889 806 597

Email: ku.oc1539713797.stev1539713797mraft1539713797niopt1539713797sew@n1539713797amsae1539713797h.yas1539713797dnil1539713797

XL Vets Training Service

Tel: 01228 711788

Email: ku.oc1539713797.stev1539713797lx@gn1539713797iniar1539713797t1539713797

Upcoming courses (2018)

XL Vets

24 – 26 October
7 – 9 November

6 – 9  November

If you are interested in joining one of these courses, please call XL Vets Training Service.

Westpoint Vets

3 – 5 October (fully booked)

17 – 18 October

If you are interested in joining one of these courses, please call Westpoint Vets.