WESTBREED Pty Ltd is owned and operated by Harry Wilson with a direct affiliation to the Northam Veterinary Centre through Dr Graeme Penno. We have cooperative associations with artificial breeding services in New South Wales and Tasmania.
Originally operating in Northam from the late 1980ís to 2000 WESTBREED was for a short time, part of the AllStock Technology Group with centres in Narrogin WA and Armidale and Dubbo in New South Wales. In 2000 the group was disbanded and in 2007 WESTBREED Pty Ltd was registered as a company in its own right and is now based adjacent to the Northam Veterinary Clinic on Goomalling Road, Northam, Western Australia.
From a beginning in November 1973 during student years, Harry has been involved in the Artificial Breeding of sheep in many capacities right across Australia and in several overseas countries. During the 1980ís Harry designed and operated domestic and export semen and embryo production centres in Gnowangerup WA, Dubbo NSW and Collinsville Stud in South Australia. From there he moved back to Western Australia to head up The Grange Breeding Centre owned by building entrepreneur and agriculturalist Mr John Roberts AO. After his death and the dispersal of The Grange, WESTBREED was established to provide a combined Artificial Breeding and Livestock Health and production service.
Over a 12 year period at Collinsville and The Grange Harry was a pioneer in the commercialisation of Artificial Breeding techniques such as freezing ram semen in straws, laparoscopic artificial insemination and large scale embryo transfer. During this period he managed production centres which peaked at an annual output of 100,000 doses of frozen semen, 25,000 ewe inseminations and 1,000 donor embryo transfers. In association with Prof. Chis Maxwell, the University of Sydney and partners in the original WESTBREED a great deal of on farm research work was conducted and published in scientific journals for the benefit of all service providers.