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Featured News: Why Utilize a SBS Mobile Laboratory?

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July 29, 2015

Mobile Lab A mobile semen freezing laboratory is the perfect solution for stallion owners, managers, and/or trainers who wish to have their stallions remain at “home” rather than sending them to a facility for semen freezing. Select Breeders Service (SBS) pioneered the equine mobile semen freezing industry and to this day remains the leader in the industry. The SBS Affiliate Network has four mobile laboratories within the United States and one in Sweden. In this article we will discuss why you may choose to use a mobile lab, where our mobile labs travel, and whether semen can be qualified for export when processed in a mobile lab.

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Featured Blog: A Stallion Breeding Soundness Exam

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July 30, 2015

CASA In our previous article, My Stallion is Not Settling His Mares…What Do I Do?, we discussed possible causes for the decline in a stallion’s fertility and areas of reproductive management one can investigate further to determine if the infertility can be suitably managed or resolved. One tool a stallion owner/manager can use to better understand the reproductive status of their stallion is to have a breeding soundness exam (BSE) performed. In this article, Dr. Ed Squires outlines the components of a routine BSE which include: physical exam, reproductive history, testes palpation and/or ultrasound, semen evaluation, cultures and an assessment of his sexual behavior. Whether the stallion passes or fails, a BSE provides valuable information on how to  manage the stud and gives an indication of the number of mares he could breed.

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Can you store and distribute the frozen semen for me?

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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