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Save the Date: SBS 30th Anniversary Celebration

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May 09, 2017

Select Breeders Services will be celebrating their 30th anniversary on September 9th, 2017 from 3-7pm! We invite you to help us commemorate this momentous occasion with an Open House at our World Headquarters in Chesapeake City, Maryland. Paul Loomis’ business of freezing equine semen began in his basement in 1987 and throughout the past three decades has grown into the largest provider of frozen semen services in the world which now consists of 25 SBS Affiliate Laboratories in 7 different countries. We look forward to hosting our clients and friends for great food, drinks, live music, door prizes and fun for the whole family. We will provide more details as the date draws closer but we ask you to please save the date on your calendar now so you don’t miss this wonderful event.

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Featured Blog: Seminal Plasma: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

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May 09, 2017

Seminal Plasma_Gel Filter Removal To understand why seminal plasma is beneficial in some situations and potentially harmful in others we must first review what it is, where it comes from and what we think are its roles in reproduction. The term seminal plasma refers to the fluid portion of ejaculated semen in which the spermatozoa are suspended. This fluid consists of secretions from the accessory sex glands in the stallion’s reproductive tract. These include the ampullae, the vesicular glands (seminal vesicles), the prostate gland and the bulbourethral glands (figure 1).

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What do I do with unused semen?

The first thing to determine is who owns the frozen semen? If you purchased the frozen semen by the dose, you own the semen and any unused semen you could save for future use. SBS can store any remaining doses for you. If you received the frozen semen as part of a breeding contract then the stallion owner still owns the frozen semen. Check your breeding contract or call the stallion owner to discuss their policy for unused doses. Usually they will either request all unused semen be destroyed or returned.

Please Note: The viability of frozen semen depends on proper handling and storage, maintaining straws at liquid nitrogen temperatures and minimizing any exposure to temperatures warmer than -100°C. Improper handling during transfer between transport containers and permanent storage, or failure to maintain proper liquid nitrogen levels in storage containers may damage semen. Once semen has left our SBS facility it is impossible for us to verify if the semen was damaged at the receiving location. It is SBS policy to only ship returned doses of semen back to that same mare owner or to the stallion/semen owner for their own use.

See also:

Contract Considerations for Stallion Owners

Three Ways Stallion Owners Can Prevent Unapproved Use of Frozen Semen

Breeding for success? Follow the experts!

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Hyperion Stud_Testimonial"...I was looking to freeze semen for export. They gave me the information I was looking for, provided several options and information for places I could do it with..."

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