Innovations in artificial insemination (AI) are revolutionising the breeding industry, and Memphasys is at the forefront with its AI-Port system. Designed to store and transport semen at ambient temperatures for up to three days, the AI-Port system represents a significant advancement in reproductive biotechnology.

Traditionally, AI has relied on frozen semen, which can be detrimental to sperm quality, especially in sensitive species like horses and pigs. However, Memphasys’ AI-Port offers a solution, allowing fresh semen to be shipped for AI without the need for freezing. This innovation not only preserves sperm quality, but also opens up new possibilities for remote insemination in livestock such as cattle, pigs, sheep, and horses.

Led by Laureate Professor John Aitken of the University of Newcastle, researchers are working diligently to refine the AI-Port system. With a focus on media optimisation and operational enhancements, the aim is to conduct a further pregnancy comparison field trial in November 2024. This trial will involve engaging with multiple studs to validate the efficacy of the improved AI-Port system across different settings.

The incorporation of an additional step in the AI-Port process, involving the removal of seminal plasma through centrifugation, has already shown promising results. This step extends the longevity of sperm, enhances sperm quality, and ultimately improves pregnancy rates. While there is still work to be done to bridge the gap with traditional AI practices, Memphasys remains committed to delivering better outcomes for the industry.

David Ali, Acting CEO, and Managing Director of Memphasys, emphasises the importance of these advancements in cattle pregnancy rates through AI. With ongoing refinement of the AI-Port system and further studies to evaluate sperm functional capacity, Memphasys is poised to make significant strides in the field of reproductive biotechnology.