The ability to freeze your stallion’s semen brings many benefits to your breeding program, including allowing your stallion to breed to mares in any location without over-use. In this article, we outline the positives of freezing semen.
Advantages of Frozen Semen
Freezing semen has many advantages. By freezing semen for future use, your stallion can remain active in the competition arena, while still covering mares in any region of the world via artificial insemination. This allows him to continue his competitive career and limits potential over-use.
Using artificial insemination, your stallion’s semen can be used at the optimum time during a mare’s cycle for increased chances of success. In addition, in the event of injury or death, your stallion’s bloodlines can carry on with careful semen management.
Collecting and Storing Frozen Semen
Most stallions will freeze. However, some will be more successful than others. Before you commit to semen freezing and storage, you should undertake a fertility evaluation for your stallion to determine his potential success rate.
Typically, stallions that are used for artificial insemination have higher success with freezing. Those stallions that are not actively used for breeding or have only been used for live cover may require preparation to improve semen count, quality and motility.
At our breeding centre in Hatton Vale, Queensland, frozen semen is stored in nitrogen tanks to ensure it remains viable indefinitely. Semen more than 20 years old has been used successfully at our practice and we continue to achieve a conception rate above 75% with frozen semen.
Are you interested in artificial insemination using frozen semen? We offer stallion collection, semen freezing and semen storage at our purpose-build clinic in Hatton Vale, Queensland. Click here or call us today on (07) 5411 4554 to find out more about how we can improve your stallion’s success rate with frozen semen.