Hello Glad to see the forum is back up and running.. lots of good information here
I hope someone can answer a question, I'm interested in breeding my colt AI and while I'm not sure I'd be able to set up for cooling and shipping at this time (finances) I'm wondering how feasible it would be to set up on my own phantom and collect my youngest stallion to breed to my own mares and visiting mares "on site". What all would this involve? I'm sure it's a bit more than a turkey baster and a bit of luck ;)
I'm still a novice at this but here is what I would recommend: You will obviously need the phantom to collect on, an AV and all additional equipment that goes with that (liners, collection bags, filters, thermometer) a microscope could be optional, you wouldn't absolutely need to examine the semen if you are just breeding your own mares, and insemination pipettes and syringes.
All that and a couple of helpers and you should be well on your way.
While you may have reasonable success without the listed equipment, you are assured less of a guarantee - for example, your stallion apparently ejaculates, you have fluid in the collection bottle, so you must have semen, right? Nope! You might have just pre-ejaculate (which in some cases can look just like semen, even though in most cases it is clear), which will not contain sperm, but if you do not check a sample under the microscope (because you don't have one), then you won't know that. You go ahead and inseminate, only to have the mare "not pregnant" 14 days later...
Please note that opinions, product information, advice or suggestions posted on this bulletin board are not necessarily those of the management at Equine-Reproduction.com nor does the maintenance of the post position indicate an implicit or any endorsement of that information, opinion or product.
Further, although we have the greatest respect for the posters offering assistance here, you are advised to seek a consultation with your veterinarian prior to using information obtained from this board if it is of a veterinary nature.Proud to be sponsored and supported by: