AI Centres

Hermitage AI Centres

Hermitage AI is dedicated to the production and distribution of pig semen for our customers nationwide.We operate all our boar studs to the highest standards. PIC A.I. boars are sourced from high-health nucleus farms. Boars are selected specifically to suit customer and market requirements.
The cornerstones of our business are Health and Bio-Security Operating Systems, Quality Control and our Distribution Network.We have developed a world renowned operating and quality control procedure controlling all areas of AI boar management and nutrition, semen collection, analysis, cooling, storage, dispatch and delivery. Our dedicated professional team provide expertise in all areas of boar semen production and artificial insemination technologies.

Our Objectives:

• To operate the market leading porcine artificial insemination centres.

• To source the highest quality A.I. boars to suit specific customer and market requirements.

• To continually utilize the most advanced technologies in our operating systems.

• To deliver excellent products and services to our customers nationwide.

Our Objectives:

Hermitage AI Centres are approved under the European Communities (Trade in Porcine Semen Animal Health) Regulations, 1993 and SI 242 of 1993. These Directives specify the isolation procedures and health testing required for intra-community trade. In addition to our EU licence, Hermitage AI also export semen to many other territories outside the EU including Russia the USA and Asia.
All Hermitage AI Centres are supervised by a ‘Centre Veterinarian’, whose responsibilities include all routine health testing and monitoring at the studs and all certification of this monitoring prior to export of semen.The activities of the Centre Veterinarian are monitored by the Department of Agriculture for the Territory where the stud is situated and each Department is in turn monitored by European Union veterinary officials.

TECHNOLOGY AT HERMITAGE AI CENTRES Gesipor 3.0 and Magavision 1

At PIC-Hermitage we have incorporated the latest in specialised semen evaluation equipment and boar management software into our boar studs.

Magavision is a semen quality evaluation system designed specifically for boar semen analysis. This system allows PICHermitage to achieve the highest level of quality in terms of motility and morphology in all AI doses. 

The Gesipor 3.0 boar management software interfaces directly with the Magavision semen evaluation system. Gesipor allows all PIC-Hermitage controlled boar studs full traceability and quality control of each seminal dose produced from each stud.

Hermitage AI Centres - A New Standard in Biosecurity

Quarantine Procedures and Regular Serological Surveying
All boars are required to undergo a minimum of 30 days in an officially approved quarantine facility prior to their movement to the AI Stations. In addition to the compulsory blood testing for
Classical Swine

Fever, Aujeszky’s Disease and Brucellosis, all boars are also tested for PRRSV at the start of the quarantine period and again at the end of the quarantine period. Boars are only moved to the AI Stations once the negative results for all serological tests are confirmed. Boars are transported from the approved quarantine facility to the AI Stations in a specially designated trailer.

PRRSv Testing by a Veterinarian
All Hermitage AI Stations are surveyed on a weekly basis and the blood and saliva samples are analysed in an external laboratory.All boars exiting the stud are also blood sampled for PRRSv in addition to testing for Classical Swine Fever, Aujeszky’s Disease and Brucellosis.

Hermitage AI Centres - Ireland | UK