I am looking to breed two mares this spring via frozen semen. I've read alot and all the articles on this awesome site so I'm trying to educate myself but I am still new as far as frozen goes. What kind of questions do I ask to determine a vets proficiency at frozen? I don't think What questions do I ask about the quality of the semen? This stallion has had lots of foals via frozen so it's viable though I'm waiting to hear back on pregnancy rates. Sooo any help/tips/suggestions from you all would be greatly appreciated. Kjersti
Frozen semen is a good method of service, but you will always encounter people who opposite and favor the good ol' fashion way. When you find a stallion you would like to consider make sure he has been evaluated. Here in Texas nearly every Vet requires a semen evaluation if the stud is new to their facility or is young and has never covered a dummy before, but none the less you must check up on the stallion and even might consider requiring a copy of the evaluation. I own a quarter horse stud and provide all of my clients with his eval. results, Coggins, and immunization records up front, but not all stud owners are that kind. If you don't ask, they don't tell. Not all stallions cool well, freeze well, or ship well. The evaluation determines the stallions AI capabilities by cooling and freezing semen samples then taking a head count after thawing them. As with all stallion service opportunities you just need to do your homework to determine the quality in the stud and the honesty of the owner.
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