SBS in Sweden Participates in Gene Bank Project

May 26, 2011

Posted by SBS in Affiliate News

Gorino Dr. Kerstin Darenius of Caballa, our SBS affiliate lab in Sweden, has recently become involved in the preservation of Swedish horse breeds with the creation of a frozen semen gene bank. For endangered or rare breeds, where the number of animals available for breeding is small, collection, freezing and storage of semen is a valuable method for preserving genetic material for future use. Many countries within the European Union have been taking action to preserve a number of valuable livestock species. During the last several years semen from cattle, sheep, horses and goats has been collected for this purpose.

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Our Place or Yours? SBS Mobile Freezing Labs

May 26, 2011

Posted by SBS in Affiliate News

Mobile LabSeveral labs in the SBS affiliate network have mobile semen freezing labs. In the US there are two mobile labs at SBS-MD and two mobile labs at Select Breeders Southwest. In Australia, Stu Keller of Tamworth Equine and in Europe, Kerstin Darenius of Caballa, also have mobile freezing labs. These mobile labs are outfitted with the same high-tech equipment for semen processing and freezing as you would find at the affiliate lab home base location. The photo below shows the interior of a mobile lab from SBSW, with programmable cell freezer, automatic straw filler and computer assisted sperm motility analysis (CASA) set-up. 

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SBS Frozen Semen Foal Becomes Breyer Model

May 26, 2011

Posted by SBS in Affiliate News

Breyer modelHere is some fun news! An SBS frozen semen foal becomes a Breyer model horse. The colt, Heartbreaker, was both bred and foaled at SBS affiliate lab, Peterson and Smith Equine Reproduction Center in Ocala, FL. The dam is Champion Hunter GG Valentine and the sire is Grand Prix jumper Oh Star. Oh Star was collected and frozen at Peterson and Smith and the foal was bred with his frozen semen.

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SBS Affiliate Members Contribute to New Edition of Equine Reproduction

May 26, 2011

Posted by SBS in Affiliate News

Book CoverSelect Breeders Services Inc., wishes to congratulate SBS affiliate member Angus McKinnon, our consultant Ed Squires, and co-editors Wendy Vaala and Dickson Varner on the publication of the 2nd edition of Equine Reproduction. This is a significant achievement indeed! The book can be purchased here:

In addition to several chapters authored by Ed and Angus, SBS Affiliate Members contributed to the new edition by writing the following chapters:

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Congratulations to Manuel Cortesi

May 26, 2011

Posted by SBS in Industry News

PC Customblack WidowExciting news from the 2011 NRHA/IRHA Derby in Reggio Emilia, Italy - 19 year old rider Manuel Cortesi won the €20,000-added level 4 and the €10,000-added level 3 non-pro divisions aboard PC Customblack Widow (Custom Crome x Jan Crocker x Topsail Cody).This talented mare was bred by Mr. Bonanni using frozen semen from Steve Simon’s stallion, Custom Crome. The semen was frozen by Select Breeders Southwest and imported by SBS Italia.

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Condolenses to the Haverty Family on the Loss of Who Whiz It

May 26, 2011

Posted by SBS in Industry News

Who Whiz ItThe Haverty Family lost their beloved stallion Who Whiz It on Sunday, May 22, 2011. With earnings exceeding over $80,000 he made a name for himself in the reining world. In 2001 he was the Denver Summer Slide Futurity Champion and a finalist in the NRHA Futurity. He was also the Triple Crown Winner and USET Champion in 2004.

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