27/2/2014 – Flew to Yorktown to collect semen from the Honner family’s bull Minlacowie Granite for sale to a NSW stud.  Also semen tested some Shorthorn sale bulls for Chris Thompson of Bayview.  Then flew on to Kapunda to collect 2 Limousin bulls for the Vogt family.  All semen was then processed on return to Willunga.

Mike and Plane

Mike with Granite semen chilling down in the esky


Vogt family at the Kapunda Airstrip








22-24/1/2014 – Visited International Dairy Week and met up with quite a few clients, some exhibiting and some visiting.  Attended a very interesting talk on sexed semen. The quality is improving and timing is critical with optimum being 18-24 hours after onset of standing heat.  Two presentations on electronic heat detection were also very interesting and I see a big future for it.

17/11/2013 – Flight to Cleve with Brian Sharrock of Hamilton Genetics as passenger to collect 900 doses of a ram for Brenton & Jane Smith of Calcookara Merino Stud.

Solo flight with passenger

Brian (Hamilton Genetics)
Brenton, Jane & Levi (Calcookara Merino Stud)

26/08/2013 – First solo flight to collect semen from 2 shorthorn bulls for Ashley Rowe at Ardrossan.

15-17/10/2012 – Attended IVF update conference in Florida USA, run by the International Embryo Transfer Society to expand knowledge in IVF.

10/09/2012 – Completed a hands-on training program in Vitrification techniques with Dr Masashige Kuwayama at the Centre for Human Reproduction Mumbai, India.  Dr Kuwayama is a world leader in vitrification.