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Featured News: Mare Owners - Minimize Stress and Promote Success by being Prepared for Breeding Season

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May 22, 2012

mare and foalBreeding your mare is a big decision and the prospect can seem quite overwhelming - there is so much to research, organize and plan for as well as many different people to coordinate with. To make this process as stress free as possible, for everyone involved, it pays to be organized. The planning process will be a lot more enjoyable and exciting when you have everything lined up and are not surprised or caught off guard by any unexpected fees, decisions or situations.  In this article, we have some suggestions for how you can be more organized for breeding season by considering what needs to be done before the season begins, when it's time to breed, before your mare foals, and once your new foal hits the ground.

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Featured Blog: The Major Causes of Damage to Sperm During Freezing…water and salts and ice, oh my!

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November 06, 2017

Sperm Survival_Membrane Graphic I have always been fascinated by the exquisite design of biological systems. The more we humans understand about biology, the more we realize we don’t know. The process of mammalian fertilization is one of these complex biological systems that in nature requires the proper coordination of so many factors ranging from the behavior of male and female to biochemical changes at the cellular and molecular level. Defined as: “A process in sexual reproduction that involves the union of male (sperm) and female (ovum) gametes (each with a single, haploid set of chromosomes) to produce a diploid zygote”, fertilization requires that functionally viable sperm, at the right stage of maturity, are present in the oviduct of the mare during a brief window of time when a functionally viable oocyte is present.

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What fertility should I expect with frozen semen?

In general, if a stallion has commercially acceptable semen quality, fertility should be 50-55% pregnant after one cycle and 70-80% pregnant after the breeding season. However, the fertility of frozen semen - just like fresh and cooled semen - is highly dependent upon the stallion.

See also:

Influence of Mare Status When Breeding with Frozen Semen

Effect of Number and Timing of Equine Frozen Semen Inseminations on Fertility

It Only Takes One...Right?

Reproductive Efficiency Reported by SBS Affiliate Labs

A Review of Reports for Reproductive Efficiency

Declining Fertility in Aged Stallions

My Stallion is Not Settling His Mares...What Do I Do?  - Part 1

My Stallion is Not Settling His Mares...What Do I Do? - Part 2


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