Frozen Semen

Hi Guy’s and Gal’s,

Me again! I am looking into breeding my mare this year. I found a stallion I would like to breed to but, he only comes through frozen semen. The lady that owns the stallion told me that while this stallion has had a conception rate of 99% all the time breeding a “virgin” mare using frozen semen may not be the best idea.

Has anyone here had trouble using frozen semen? I would like to be able to “cover my bases” and understand a little better this way of breeding. I personally do not see too much problem as my mare is an absolute “hussie” but, consider wisdom comes from much counsil.

Also, what is the average median price for vet fees when breeding a mare this way? Excluding the stud fee and shipping the semen. Just trying to get the feel of the market area.

Thanks,
Nikki

4 Responses to Frozen Semen

  1. snerland says:

    Well we tried frozen semen and I can personally tell you it is not all that it is cracked up to be. It cost $1000 to get my mare ready for breeding by frozen semen. This included physical exam, vaginal swabs, innoculations,etc. Then there was hiring a vet who actually was good at the procedure. The mare was there to the tune of an additional $1000.00. This included board at the vet’s, shots, after shots, storing of the frozen semen, ultrasound…and the list went on and on. She was a well toned mare. After $4000 + the original stallion fee the mare didn’t settle and I came back with nothing. My husband bred her to a neighbor’s Morgan stallion for $500.00 and she settled on the first cycle. After that experience we decided to purchase a stallion.
    The story doesn’t end there. Last fall we decided to freeze our stallion’s semen. After $2000 in preparation to collect (shots, exams, numerous tests, lab work, etc.) we were told that frozen semen is expensive to collect and store. Maybe we’ll spend another $3500 to actually freeze the semen but in this economy I’ll stick to live cover or fresh cooled.
    Bottom line, frozen semen is expensive on both ends and is still in the expensive stage.

  2. JustFineThankYou says:

    I bred my then 8 yr old maiden mare in 2007 using frozen semen. Did the usual preparations for breeding (breeding exam, uterine culture, regular vaccines, etc) and found a repro vet that had the equipment and track record to work with frozen semen.

    This vet had a cutoff date as to how late he would breed mares, so I had to short cycle my mare to get her in season. Took her to stay at the vet (as they must monitor the mare to catch the right timing of ovulation)the day she was to come into heat after giving her Lutalyse. She stayed a total of 4 days as she needed another shot of Lutalyse to get her to come in.

    The vet kept monitoring her follicles and bred her ONCE (!) with the frozen semen (he said it was 55% motile, which he said was good for frozen) and I picked her up the next day. He felt he didn’t need to breed her again.

    He was right and she was confirmed in foal upon our next ultrasound appt. All went well and she delivered a healthy foal last year.

    My cost for the 4 day vet work including board was around $500, my cost for my normal vet to come out for ultrasounds/breeding exams throughout this experience was about $700 total.

    I do my own vaccines and injections to keep costs down, but I’m sure her prego vaccines would have tacked on at least another $100.

    Good Luck!!

    Lisa

  3. StacyGRS says:

    Is generally is a hair riskier but some stallions have better frozen than fresh cooled. We’ve had pretty good luck with it on both ends, however, it is often more expensive to get a mare in foal as they need to be at a vet’s location for 24 hr monitoring. And, of course, not all vets do frozen work so you need to be sure your’s does.
    good luck:)

  4. empressive says:

    Thanks Everyone,

    Got a little bit of everything here. I sure hope it does work. Just possibly I may be moving to Virginia. SO I am trying to figure out all of my options. Thanks again!

    Nikki

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