International Breeding

Q. I brought two Walking Horse mares to France. I would like to breed to a U.S. stallion and want to know what the success rate might be with shipped frozen or cooled semen. Will I run into importation red tape?


A. Expect LOTS OF RED TAPE. It would be best to deal with frozen semen because of the risk of transport delays. The most expedient way to navigate importation and customs requirements would be to see your local agricultural official and ask for the import regulations for frozen semen from the United States. Every country has its own set of regulations. Many times the stallion in the originating country must be in a quarantine facility for collection and shipment of semen.

About the Author

Michelle LeBlanc, DVM, Dipl. ACT

Michelle LeBlanc, DVM, Dipl. ACT, is a theriogenologist (reproduction specialist) for Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky. She was previously a professor in equine reproduction at the University of Florida. Her interests deal with mare infertility, embryo transfer, placental infections in mares, and acupuncture in infertile mares. She owns Thoroughbred/warmblood crosses and she competes in dressage.

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