Why Freeze Stallion Semen?

August 04, 2014

Posted by SBS in Frozen Semen

Why Freeze_Tank Room SBSW All too often we hear tragic stories about the sudden death of a stallion whether it be due to an illness or an accident no one anticipated. He may have been a mature stallion who was already proving himself as a sire or a young stallion but now the world will never know his genetic capabilities. These conversations usually end with the stallion owner saying, “I wish I had frozen semen from him.” Or a mare owner saying, “I wish they had frozen semen on him because he would have been a wonderful cross with my mare.” It doesn’t have to be this way.

Read More

Harvesting and Freezing of Equine Epididymal Sperm

January 13, 2014

Posted by SBS in Frozen Semen

The sudden death of a stallion is a devastating event, not just emotionally, but potentially financially as well. In addition to any competitive goals the stallion was working towards, his untimely death may mean the loss of future breedings, particularly if a stock of frozen semen was not banked up whilst he was alive. In this situation it may be possible to harvest and freeze epididymal sperm by castrating the stallion immediately after death or euthanasia. Alternatively, collection and freezing of epididymal sperm may be an elective procedure performed at the time of castration. This offers an advantage to young stallions, i.e. some semen can be frozen without taking time out from a busy training schedule, or without exposing a young stallion to the breeding environment. For the mature stallion it represents an additional opportunity to collect semen for freezing. Here we review the process of epididymal sperm harvesting for freezing, and its subsequent application for breeding purposes.

Read More

The Pros and Cons Of Equine Frozen Semen

October 24, 2013

Posted by SBS in Frozen Semen

The advantages and disadvantages of utilizing equine frozen semen are debated by stallion and mare owners alike. Will I continue to show my stallion or retire him to the breeding shed? Is there an international market for my stallion? What if my stallion is injured in an accident or suddenly dies? Is my mare a suitable candidate for breeding with frozen semen? Is it true conception rates with frozen semen are lower than those when using cooled semen? These are just a few questions to ask when considering whether to utilize equine frozen semen.

Read More

What Exactly is a Dose of Frozen Semen?

August 21, 2013

Posted by SBS in Frozen Semen

Is a dose a breeding? Is a straw a dose? How many straws in a dose? How many sperm in a dose? These are often questions we hear from our clients when purchasing or using frozen semen. There is so much variability in the format of doses sold throughout the world that it can be confusing at times. To ensure you have the best opportunity of success when breeding your mare it is important to understand all the elements that determine an adequate dose of frozen semen. Here we review frequently asked questions that relate to what constitutes a dose of frozen semen.

Read More

Understanding Your Frozen Semen Shipment Transaction Report

July 24, 2013

Posted by SBS in Frozen Semen

tank envelopeEvery shipment that we send from Select Breeders Services includes an envelope of materials, zip tied to the top of the frozen semen shipper, that provides information about the semen we are sending to you. Included in the envelope are the following items:
- Transaction Report
- Safety Notice for Handling Frozen Semen
- Thawing and Handling Instructions
- Info sheet on Management of Mares with Frozen Semen
- Return FedEx airbill and address label
- Info notice regarding tank rental and return
- Additional materials may include notices prepared by the stallion owner that they have requested us to include with the shipment, e.g. breeding and insemination certificates.

Read More

Welcome to the New SBS Website

April 11, 2011

Posted by SBS in Guidelines

Welcome to the new SBS website! We hope you are as excited as we are about all the additional features the new website offers.

Read More

Stallion Owner Instructions for the Stallion Guide

April 11, 2011

Posted by SBS in Guidelines

Stallion Owners - welcome to the new SBS website! Below you will find instructions for how to update your stallion's profile on the new Stallion Guide.

Read More

Rules for Posting Comments on the Blog

March 02, 2011

Posted by SBS in Guidelines

We ask that you respect the following rules when posting Comments to the Blog. Thank you!

Read More

Please Note - photos used in these news articles are available in the public domain, have been purchased through istockphoto or (when referencing breeders or horses) have been submitted to Select Breeders Services Inc. by the breeding farm or horse owner. Photo credit has been provided where applicable. If at anytime you see something that needs to be addressed please feel free to contact us directly.

Sign up for our Email Newsletter

Just enter your email address below!