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October 06, 2016

Posted by S.A. Brooks and L. Patterson-Rosa in Genetics

Color is among some of the earliest traits we selected in newly domesticated species (1). Today, color can be critical for registration and therefore, the value, of our horses. For example, in breeds like the Friesian (which requires true black) and the exotic Mangalarga Marchador (which does not allow cremellos or perlinos) color is more than an aesthetic preference, it is a breed requirement. Indeed, on average, presence of a spotting pattern doubles the value of an American Paint Horse Association (APHA) foal. For example, in 2006, the average price of an APHA registered yearling without a spotting pattern was $1540, while a yearling APHA registered horse with the tobiano pattern averaged $2803 (2).

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Contract Considerations for Exporting Equine Frozen Semen

September 07, 2016

Posted by SBS in Contract Considerations

Considerations for Exporting Frozen Semen - Lufthansa #2 The tests have been done and the frozen semen is ready for export…Now what? In our article, Exporting Frozen Semen from the United States, we covered topics ranging from determining if there is a foreign market for your stallion, to how to export the semen once it’s been frozen. Stallion owners/agents also need to consider how they are going to offer the frozen semen to a foreign market in the form of their breeding contract. In this article, we will discuss ways to sell the semen (by the dose or with a live foal guarantee), responsibility of shipping fees, what is to be done with leftover doses as well as who covers the costs of health testing and freezing, plus more.

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Ground Collection of the Stallion

August 06, 2016

Posted by Dr. Erin Newkirk in Stallion Management

For most facilities, using a phantom is the preferred method of collecting semen from a stallion, as it is an efficient, organized and generally a safe process that mimics the natural position during live breeding. Ground semen collection (see video below) is an alternative option to the typical collection of a stallion on a phantom or mount mare. This article describes ground semen collection, primarily summarizing previously published clinical and research reports of Sue McDonnell and colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania and Jim Crump of Roanoke AI.

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Collecting a Fractionated Stallion Ejaculate

July 06, 2016

Posted by SBS in Stallion Management

Collecting a Fractionated Stallion Ejaculate_Figure 3There are many reasons and techniques for collecting a fractionated ejaculate from a stallion. In this article we will discuss some reasons why and demonstrate the technique we have used in our laboratory to manage a stallion with excessive gel fraction that contaminates ejaculates collected using standard in-line filter equipment.

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