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Featured News: Stallion Owners Should Explore Opportunities in Europe and the Middle East

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October 30, 2015

SBS Affiliates - Northern Hemisphere Stallion owners in the United States have the potential to increase their income and the number of foals born from their stallions each year by exploring the breeding industries in Europe and the Middle East. The equine breeding season for these destinations as well as other northern hemisphere countries takes place at the same time as the breeding season for the United States. For some stallions, the demand for their offspring in one of these countries may be equal to or greater than their popularity within their home country. This is where the exploration of a foreign market could prove to be beneficial. European countries send approximately 25% of the visitors to the SBS website. So if you would like to market your stallion, which was frozen by an SBS Affiliate Lab, to the markets in Europe and the Middle East be sure to post and/or update your stallion profiles on our SBS Stallion Guide.

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Featured Blog: How to Prepare the Older Mare for Breeding Season

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October 30, 2015

How to Prepare Your Older Mare - Mare and Foal Older mares have a knack for being the sweetest and gentlest mares on the farm. We see them year after year, either carrying their own foals or returning to donate embryos if their reproductive status requires. Oftentimes, these mares are considered “special” patients, requiring a unique combination of diet, exercise, and metabolic support to maintain their physical and reproductive health. We often see older performance mares that are being bred for the first time following a long and successful show career. Reproductive problems such as cervical adhesions and uterine infection can be common in older mares which affect their ability to carry a foal or donate an embryo.

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Featured Question

What size straws do you use and why?

We use plastic (polyvinyl chloride) straws that hold 0.5 mL of volume in each straw. In the past, 4 ml or 5 ml macro-tubes have also been used to package stallion semen for freezing. In the last 10 years, SBS has opted to use 0.5 mL straws because a more consistent freezing rate within the straw can be achieved, as the straw diameter is considerably less than that of the macro straw. When the freezing rate of all of the sperm within the straw is consistent, then the overall quality of the semen is maximized once they are thawed and ready for insemination. Another benefit achieved from using 0.5 mL straws, is that they can be used with mechanical filling and sealing machines which ensure consistent filling of straws, a secure seal and a reduced processing time. Furthermore, 0.5 mL straws lend themselves to several different methods of convenient storage in either large or small goblets or on canes. Plus post-thaw evaluation of 1 or 2 (0.5mL) straws from each batch represents only 1/8 to 1/4 of a breeding dose.

See also: 

What Exactly is a Dose of  Frozen Semen?

What is a Test Freeze?

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