|Michelle Humphries BVSc
Dr Michelle Humphries is a founding Director of Livestock Breeding Services Pty Ltd, having graduated from the University Of Sydney with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science in 1984. During her university studies Michelle worked in conjunction with Sydney University sheep artificial breeding pioneers, Professor Terry Robinson and Professor Gareth Evans in the early development of ovine reproductive technology. This close association with Sydney University scientists continues, with Michelle collaborating with A/Prof Simon deGraaf on projects such as the AWI Sex Sorted Ram Semen Project.
Michelle is one of the pioneers of the commercial application of ram semen freezing, laparoscopic insemination and embryo transfer.
Michelle also serves as a Director on the Boards of MerinoLink Limited and Murray Local Land Services. She is part of the Executive Committee of the Sheep, Camelid and Goat Veterinarians (Australian Veterinary Association) and the Ruminant Genetic Trade Advisory Group (Department of Agriculture and Water Resources) and has completed training for the Consultative Committee in Animal Emergency Diseases (Animal Health Australia) and in Foot and Mouth Disease.
Michael Gregory BVSc, Grad Dip Acc
Dr Michael Gregory is also a founding director of Livestock Breeding Services Pty Ltd and graduated from The University Of Sydney in Veterinary Science in 1982. Michael worked in mixed general practice and specialist embryo transfer before establishing Livestock Breeding Services with Michelle Humphries.
In addition to conducting the veterinary operations of LBS, including laparoscopic insemination and embryo transfer, and administration, Michael is Chairman of the McCaughey Memorial Institute, Jerilderie. This research institute was the international leader in the pioneering work in sheep reproduction and human IVF and was home to renowned researchers such as Dr Steven Salamon (freezing of ram semen), Prof Terry Robinson (sheep oestrus synchronisation), Dr Doug Killeen (sheep laparoscopic insemination), Prof Neil Moore (sheep embryo transfer) and Prof Alan Trounson (IVF). The McCaughey Institute has had a long association with agricultural research at The University of Sydney including the McCaughey Sheep Reproduction Research Initiative, the McCaughey Memorial Institute Sustainable Animal Production Lectureship, the McCaughey Associate Professor in Livestock in Future Landscapes and the McCaughey Memorial Institute Scholarship.
John Hall BAgSc
John Hall joined Livestock Breeding Services in 1998 to manage the LBS Yass Centre, which provides a full service in semen freezing, AI and ET. John graduated from The University of Sydney in 1984 and prior to joining LBS worked with commercial and stud sheep breeders in management, health and nutrition.
John is the full time manager of LBS Yass, and is a leading semen scientist and embryologist in the Australian animal reproduction industry.
Murray Long, Pendarra White Suffolk Stud, Ardlethan NSW:
We have been exclusively using the services of Livestock Breeding Services (LBS) since the formation of our stud in 1996. Both Michael and Michelle, and the various lab assistants they have employed during this time, have always been keen to assist in all areas of artificial breeding technology achieving some great results. We conduct an annual AI program of over 100 ewes, have numerous rams collected on a regular basis and been involved in several ET programs. The last 3 years AI programs have resulted in 91%, 92% and 87% conception on White Suffolk ewes during some difficult seasons.
Late in 1999, we made a decision to form a genetic marketing business, Performance plus Genetics which relies heavily on the expertise and dedication of all LBS staff to operate efficiently. This requires not only the collection of genetics to the highest standards, but the storage and distribution of these genetics to breeding centres all around Australia. All this has been conducted at LBS to the highest of standards and our business could not operate without the dedication of all at LBS. We have not had a single problem with semen distribution over that time and given the problems and panic that can potentially occur, this is testament to the dedication of all staff at LBS.
The advice provided by LBS in the area of artificial breeding technology has been responsible for improving the success of our breeding programs. In addition to this, they are prepared to listen to any concerns, ideas and problems and work through them to improve their techniques for all involved in the sheep industry. I recommend the services offered by LBS to all who wish to obtain maximum results and satisfaction from their breeding programs.
PENDARRA White Suffolk Stud
Performance plus Genetics
Graham Gilmore, Tattykeel Studs, Oberon
LBS have been our preferred team for AI since 1987. AI programs at Tattykeel are often large and complex with many breeds involved. 400-500 ewes are artificially inseminated each day with our best genetics, and we are looking to achieve the best results. LBS have delivered consistently high conception rates (in and out of season) with all of our breeds.
LBS has also been freezing semen in our top sires over the same period with semen quality always high, and our rams are always returned in great condition and good health.
I can recommend LBS to any breeder for the right results along with excellent service from Michelle, Michael and their staff.