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Frozen Semen - information please

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Sheila (Unregistered Guest)
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Posted From: 207.69.139.151
Posted on Wednesday, September 28, 2005 - 02:43 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

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Hello to all... I am trying to gather information on Frozen Semen. We have had inquiry on one of our stallions for frozen semen... we are in the US and the interested party is in the UK...

At this time, our local vet does not handle frozen semen, but our vet can collect him and we have located someone who will travel to us to freeze (as well as store his straws)...

Since this is new and uncharted water for us :-), is there anything else we should be aware of? (for use in and out of the US?)

Your recommendations and advice would be appreciated.

Thank you.
Sheila

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LRidgeway
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Posted on Wednesday, September 28, 2005 - 03:52 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The first step is to have his semen evaluated (fresh), then freeze & defrost it and see what the mobility rate is. Not all stallions freeze well, and not all stallions ship well.

So your first step is the evaluating process.
 

J.R.Hamilton
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Registered: 05-2005
Posted on Wednesday, September 28, 2005 - 04:03 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

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.
 

Anonymous
 
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Posted on Wednesday, September 28, 2005 - 04:33 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

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.
 

Jos
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Posted on Wednesday, September 28, 2005 - 11:29 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

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.

Next, take a look at the semen export/import requirements for the UK. You will see that among other things, you will need:
  • 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....
 

Sheila (Unregistered Guest)
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Posted on Friday, September 30, 2005 - 10:23 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks to you all ... I appreciate the info so much...

Not knowing WHAT questions to ask is quite a situation...
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