Is Embryo Transfer Part of Your Breeding Program?

December 09, 2016

Posted by SBS in Embryo Transfer

embryo Each year many mare owners choose to breed their mares and flush the embryos rather than allow them to carry their own foal.  They may do this because she is still in training, has trouble carrying her own foal to term or due to her age. Regardless of the reason, there are many things to consider before making the final decision. Our library of articles can be a great resource for the new or experienced breeder, whether you have one mare or stallion, or manage the operations of a large breeding farm. Here we will review our articles which encompass the basics of embryo transfer, the freezing of embryos and considerations when choosing the right embryo recipient herd.

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Choosing the Right Recipient Herd

April 24, 2013

Posted by Dr. David Scofield in Embryo Transfer

GVEH RecipsFor many, the decision to perform embryo transfer (ET) from a valuable donor mare must also consider the location and availability of quality and reputable recipient mare herds. In certain parts of the country, the availability of recipient herds with fertile, healthy, manageable, and adequate recipient numbers is very limited. In other parts of the country, quality recipient herds are easily found and used successfully for both fresh and shipped embryos. Picking the right recipient herd for your donor mare should always involve carefully reading the recipient contract and knowing what is expected from the donor mare, recipient mare lease, return policy, lost embryo/fetus policy, and enrollment fee requirements. The ins-and-outs of recipient lease or purchase agreements are great topics to be covered in a later blog article. However, when it comes to selecting a recipient herd to ship your donor mare, ship a collected embryo, or trailer the donor mare into a facility for an embryo flush attempt, it is important to know what we as ET practitioners are looking for in recipient mares.

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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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