INSEMINATION: A MARE OWNER'S VIEW
Whilst artificial insemination is not a cheap
option there is a general agreement that it possesses a number of distinct
advantages over natural breeding.
The main advantage is that the best stallion
for your mare can be used irrespective of location. Progressive breeders
like to make full use of sires that have proven themselves able to pass
on desirable characteristics to their progeny. Mares that cannot travel
or have a foal at foot, or mares with an injury not detrimental to foaling
but that prevents them from supporting a natural covering can all benefit
from AI. More importantly the use of AI can prevent the transmission of
infection and lessen the risk of injury to both the stallion and the mare.
Within the UK chilled semen is most commonly
used. This involves the semen being collected from the stallion, extended
and placed in an Equitainer to be sent to the mare for immediate insemination.
The Equitainer is designed to allow the semen
to cool down whilst in transit thus wasting no time. The semen can remain
viable for up to 72 hours if kept in this container. Monitoring the mare
whilst she is in season is vital to ensure that the insemination is timed
correctly. When using chilled semen constant contact with the stallion
owner is of great importance as this helps ensure that the semen arrives
with the mare for insemination at the optimum time.
By making chilled semen available from a
stallion it is possible for the stud to make their stallion accessible
to mares based some distance from them. Thus a stallion in John O'Groats
can provide semen for a mare in Lands End!
Before despatching chilled semen it is essential
that the quality of the semen is checked. For many mare owners the use
of chilled or frozen semen can open up a whole new genetic base not previously
available to them thus helping to improve their existing stock. In some
of the minority breeds where there are very few stallions available to
choose from the use of imported semen becomes an option which requires
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