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Featured News: Colic in the Broodmare

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September 08, 2014

mares and foals Colic is usually a word that brings to mind fussy sick newborn children, sleepless nights, and sleep-deprived parents, unless you are a horse owner. Many horse owners live in fear of finding their horses in an episode of colic. Fortunately, many bouts of gastro-intestinal pain are mild, easily treated, or easily managed on the farm or with a visit from your veterinary professional. More serious episodes could be much more in depth, require extended medical therapy and possibly abdominal surgery. No episode of colic should be taken lightly and often times, intervention by your veterinary team can help prevent escalation of the pain and disease in the horse. In cases of serious colic, swift intervention can positively affect the outcome of prolonged hospitalization or surgical repair.

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Featured Blog: Suppression of Stallion and Mare Behavior

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November 07, 2016

Suppression of Stallion and Mare Behavior - O'Rourke Jumping Mare Once young colts and fillies reach the age of puberty their behavior may become an issue in the show ring or on the race track. Castrating a colt which you intend to use for breeding purposes may not be an option and mares are not typically permanently sterilized. Their sexual behavior may also cause problems with housing, trail riding, etc. In this article, Dr. Ed Squires discusses some of the common ways stallion and mare owners suppress the behavior of their horses.

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How is frozen semen stored?

For the maximum retention of fertility frozen semen must be stored properly. Specialized cryogenic containers (liquid nitrogen tanks) have been designed to maintain temperatures below -197°C (-320°F). After the freezing process, the straws of frozen semen are placed in plastic cups, known as goblets. Small goblets that hold 4-5 straws can be clipped into an aluminum cane and placed in a metal canister that has a designated compartment within the nitrogen tank. Alternatively, straws may be placed within larger goblets and stored in bulk within the canister. In order to maintain stability of the storage temperatures, the liquid nitrogen must be maintained above a certain level. We measure and record the liquid levels within each storage container on a weekly basis. At SBS large volumes of nitrogen are always available in pressurized nitrogen storage tanks (180 to 10,000 liters) to refill the semen storage containers as needed.

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Proper Protocol for Receiving a Shipment of Equine Frozen Semen

How Long Does Frozen Semen Last?

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Dr. Andy Schmidt "In our hands SBS frozen semen has consistently provided high pregnancy rates when compared to semen from other sources."

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