Feeding The Breeding Stallion

April 12, 2011

Posted by Dr. Clair Thunes in Nutrition

Stallion head shotStallions are the Hollywood stars of the breeding world. Their presence is hard to ignore. Yet behind the glamour persona, there is a job to be done. Combined with the costs of promoting a stallion, the pressure on stallion owners and managers to insure their charges are at the top of their game and able to perform on demand when brought to the breeding shed, becomes evident. The stallion himself is not exempt from feeling this stress. The life of a breeding stallion with a full book can be hard work, and may take its toll on an ill prepared stud. Nutrition plays a key role in insuring that your stallion has the best chance of a successful breeding season. 

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Aspen Way Stud

April 12, 2011

Posted by SBS in Focus On Our Breeders

Gala Night 1Debbie McKay competed in Eventing and Showing for many years, but one day decided her heart was just no longer in it and instead she put her competition mares in foal, and so began Aspen Way Stud in 1998. The breeding goal is to produce horses and ponies of international quality for Australian buyers, so they don’t have to take on the risk and expense of importing stock from abroad. Deb laughs, “Since making this my business philosophy, quarantine fees have doubled … along with the European prices, so this has certainly worked in my favor”. However, the success of her breeding program is best represented by many major awards in the show ring and the growing success of her homebred stallion, Aspen Way Gala Night (left, photo credit Julie Wilson).

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Update on CEM Outbreak

April 11, 2011

Posted by SBS in Disease and Health Testing

The investigations of recent Contagious Equine Metritis (CEM) outbreaks in the United States are now closed. CEM is a venereally transmitted disease of horses caused by the bacterium Taylorella equigenitalis. It is commonly transmitted directly during sexual intercourse between CEM-positive mares and stallions but can also occur indirectly by artificial insemination or contact with other objects such as hands, instruments or breeding phantoms contaminated with the disease causing bacterium. 

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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.

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