Posted on Wednesday, September 28, 2005 - 04:03 pm:
Also check with requirements of USDA for shipping semen OUT of Country..as IMPORTED stallions are required to go thru a thorough CEM testing and swab process for 45 days including breeding 2 mares and then testing them.
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Posted on Wednesday, September 28, 2005 - 04:33 pm:
You will also need to find out what the UK requirements are for import of semen from the US.
For import INTO the US from Europe, the stallion needs to be quarantined for a certain amount of time and several tests (blood and semen), as well as urethral cultures, etc., are done.
The UK would most likely require something similar.
Posted on Wednesday, September 28, 2005 - 11:29 pm:
It's not that easy...
First off, as has already been mentioned, you need to make sure that your stallion's semen freezes, thaws and retains fertility, and the only way to do that is freeze semen, thaw it and breed a mare getting her pregnant. There's no other way to confirm fertility.
The stallion to be tested for a variety of diseases and confirmed free of those diseases;
The stallion to be in a quarantine situation before and during the freezing process;
The collection, freezing and quarantine to be performed at a USDA-Aphis approved quarantine facility;
The collection and freezing to be performed by a veterinarian approved by USDA-Aphis for monitoring/processing semen for export;
The semen to be stored at an approved facility and under the control of an approved veterinarian;
A variety of other items, but the above are the most significant.
It is not just a matter of finding someone to freeze the semen and ship it.
On top of that, be aware that not all semen freezers are created equal...!!! We freeze semen and believe we have a good reputation (), and we know of other businesses that certainly have a good reputation, but we know (and have discussed with some of our "good reuptation" associates) some of the businesses out there with a not-so-good reputation... and some of the stories are downright scary...!!! Ask questions of people that have used the services of the business you are looking at using - I have concerns that this business has not already warned you of the complicated aspect of freezing semen for export....
Thanks to you all ... I appreciate the info so much...
Not knowing WHAT questions to ask is quite a situation... }
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