Independent cattle genetics business Scawfell Genetics, based at Seascale in Cumbria, has opened a new, state-of-the-art bovine semen processing laboratory. It says the investment complements its long-standing bull stud and recently opened semen storage and distribution facilities.

The laboratory uses the IMT International integrated management and quality system, which Scafell says is an industry first in cattle breeding. The system ensures best practice traceability, error and waste prevention at all stages of the operation.

“The new system saves a huge amount of staff time and costs by automatically capturing data required and integrates with all our other systems,” says Scawfell managing director James Hazard. It gives us the ability to report and audit that data in seconds across all procedures from on-farm collection, through semen processing and testing, all the way to quarantine, the semen store and delivery.

“Introducing the highest level of quality management system possible forms a crucial part of our defences to prevent against potential errors.”