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.

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 download and complete a short application form and return it to ku.g1529609510ro.bd1529609510ha@tt1529609510ecwaf1529609510.yma1529609510 For details on how we use and look after your personal information please read our Privacy Notice at

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.


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.oc1529609510.stev1529609510mraft1529609510niopt1529609510sew@n1529609510amsae1529609510h.yas1529609510dnil1529609510

XL Vets Training Service

Tel: 01228 711788

Email: ku.oc1529609510.stev1529609510lx@gn1529609510iniar1529609510t1529609510


Upcoming courses (2018)

XL Vets

25, 26, 27, 28 June

North Yorkshire
21 – 23 May
25 – 26 June
23 – 25 July
13  -15 August
17 – 19 September
1 – 3 October
5 – 7 November
10 -12 December

9, 10, 11 May

West Midlands
3-6 September

North West
13-16 November

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

Westpoint Vets

No further courses planned. This page will be updated when courses are available.