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Featured News: Stallion Owners in the Northern Hemisphere Should Explore the Breeding Industry Down Under

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June 25, 2015

Five New Affiliates 2014Stallion owners in the United States and Europe have the potential to increase their income by exploring the Australian breeding industry. The breeding season in the Northern Hemisphere is winding down but the breeding season in Australia is just about to begin (September 1st). Mare owners in Australia are starting to think about who to breed their mares to, putting their barren mares under lights and getting their foaling kits ready. Stallion owners in the US and Europe may wish to explore the Australian market as a way to provide additional income during their “off” breeding season. Australia sends the second highest number of visitors to our website, so if you would like to market your stallion, which was frozen by an SBS Affiliate Lab, to the Australian market be sure to post and/or update your stallion profiles on our SBS Stallion Guide.

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Featured Blog; My Stallion is Not Settling His Mares...What Do I do? - Part 2

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June 25, 2015

CollectionHow a stallion owner/manager responds to and handles mare owner concerns regarding semen quality or fertility can make or break a relationship or reputation. This article aims to give stallion owners an overview of the factors involved and provide a systematic guide to troubleshooting a resolution if possible. In Part 1 of this article, published in last month’s newsletter, we discussed the stallion’s breeding history, the importance of a breeding soundness exam (BSE), and stallion management practices as well as semen quality and evaluation. This month in Part 2, we will review common problems identified after the semen evaluation, the relevance of the mare book and their reproductive status and discuss the topic as it relates to those stallions breeding with frozen semen.

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Featured Question

How many sperm do you put in a dose?

Yes, SBS maintains the largest inventory of frozen equine semen in the world. All 15 of our Network Laboratories maintain secure cryogenic semen storage facilities. Our Texas and Maryland facilities store more than 30,000 doses each. SBS stores semen in special cryogenic vessels that utilize liquid nitrogen to maintain the frozen semen at temperatures of -197°C, which is critical for their long-term viability.

Our distribution program has been designed to make shipping frozen semen cost effective and hassle free. Once a stallion owner sells a breeding, an authorization form is sent to the storage facility with the mare owner and veterinarians contact information as well as any specific instructions on the number of doses to be released, etc. Once that authorization is received, SBS takes care of the rest. A shipment request form is sent to the mare owner and/or veterinarian managing the mare. When the mare is coming into heat, the form is sent to the storage facility and the shipment is packaged and shipped out immediately by Priority Overnight along with illustrated instructions on the proper thawing, handling and insemination of the frozen semen.

SBS labs maintain a large inventory of nitrogen vapor or “dry” shippers that are used to transport the semen and will maintain liquid nitrogen temperatures for up to 2-3 weeks. Semen can be shipped in advance of the date it is needed for insemination and transferred to the veterinarians storage container if available or the veterinarian can use the shipping container to maintain the semen during the mares cycle so that it is on hand and available when the mare needs to be inseminated.

See also:

How Long Does Frozen Semen Last?

Proper Protocol for Receiving a Shipment of Equine Frozen Semen

Understanding your Transaction Report


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