Recent News for Assisted Reproduction

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Louisiana Barn Fire Kills 12 Horses

September 25, 2008

A Sept. 25 fire at Velocity Farms near Benton, La., killed 12 horses, including Deerhound, sire of Thoroughbred champion Countess Diana. The cause of the fire is being investigated.

Shanna Berry, who co-owns the farm with Sandi Blackburn, said... Read More

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Clone of Show Jumper Gem Twist Born

September 16, 2008

A clone of champion show jumper Gem Twist is the newest addition to the stable of horses cloned by Cryozootech, a French company that banks equine genetic material. The company announced the clone's birth Sept. 15.

Gem Twist, a grey... Read More

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Summit Speakers Discuss Equine Reproductive Technology

June 05, 2008

Four speakers discussed advances in assisted reproduction to wrap up the session on the emerging science of horse breeding at the Kentucky International Equine Summit, held in Lexington, Ky., April 28-29. The speakers agreed that the key is not... Read More

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Genetic Concentration: Too Much of a Good Thing?

May 24, 2008

"For years we've taught the industry about reproduction, but we haven't taught about breeding," said Gary Carpenter, executive director of the American Quarter Horse Foundation during a roundtable at the International Equine Summit, held in... Read More

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First Foal Sired by Cloned Stallion Born

May 22, 2008

The first foal sired by a cloned stallion is now nearly a month old. The filly, named Pierazade du Vialaret, is the first get of stallion Pieraz-Cryozootech-Stallion, a clone of two-time World Champion endurance horse Pieraz.

The original... Read More

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Artificial Insemination: It's Not How Much You Have, It's Where You Put It

May 03, 2008

When it comes to artificial insemination in horses, the site of deposition might have a big impact on the procedure's outcome. Placing semen directly into the uterine horn containing the ready follicle could allow breeders to use far less... Read More

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Reproduction and Sports Medicine Update: AAEP 2007

May 01, 2008

Veterinarians who attended presentations at the event came away with 18 hours of continuing education credit and new knowledge of current topics in equine reproduction and lameness.... Read More

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First Offspring of an Equine Clone Born in Italy

April 29, 2008

Prometea, the blazed Haflinger who gained notoriety in 2003 as the world's first horse clone, has given birth to a colt. Today the Laboratorio di Tecnologie della Riproduzione (LTR) in Cremona, Italy, announced the March 17 arrival of Pegaso, who... Read More

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Palm Beach Equine Medical Purchases Embryo Transfer Facility

April 25, 2008

Palm Beach Equine Medical Centers, headquartered in Wellington, Fla., recently purchased the New Bridge Embryo Centre in Aiken, S.C. The facility is now called the Palm Beach Equine Embryo Center (PBEEC). The goal is to continue to provide top-notc... Read More

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Reproductive Hormones Directly Influence Embryo Development

January 26, 2008

A group of Dutch researchers reported evidence that the equine conceptus (i.e., the embryo and associated membranes) might be directly responsive to the reproductive hormones progesterone and estrogen,... Read More

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Mississippi Vet School Completes its First Frozen Embryo Transfer

December 07, 2007

Her future registered name might be different, but around the horse unit at Mississippi State University (MSU), everyone calls her Popsicle.

Born in September, Popsicle is the result of MSU's first successful frozen embryo transfer in... Read More

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The Business of Breeding

November 01, 2007

Breeding in the horse world breaks down into a few categories: field breeding (where the horses just do what comes naturally) live cover in a breeding shed, and artificial insemination. The tools of the trade range from very basic to high-tech ... Read More

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Freezing Embryos

November 01, 2007


With breed registries admitting more than one foal per mare per year, the use of frozen embryos is becoming more mainstream.

The freezing of equine embryos is getting increased... Read More

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Ice Formation Not to Blame for Loss of Viability in Preserved Equine Sperm

September 27, 2007

Loss of spermatozoa viability following cryopreservation, historically attributed to the formation of intracellular ice, is now believed to be a result of an osmotic imbalance during thawing. Osmotic imbalances result in the movement... Read More

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Well-Equipped Breeding

September 01, 2007


Tips on what you might need to equip your stallion breeding station, from microscopes to AVs
The lexicon of the breeding shed has changed... Read More

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Superovulation and Embryo Transfer

July 11, 2007

It's no secret that embryo transfer is expensive, and that its success rates are lower than those of some other methods of equine reproduction. "Commercially, single embryo recovery attempts have a 50% recovery rate, and there is a 50-65%... Read More

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Equine Cloning: Where Are We Today?

July 07, 2007

"Five years ago, presenting 'A Review of Cloning' in the horse was almost unimaginable," began Katrin Hinrichs, DVM, PhD, professor of veterinary physiology and pharmacology and Patsy Link Chair in reproductive studies at Texas A&M... Read More

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Foals of the Future: Legal Ramifications of Cloning and Other Breeding Technologies

July 01, 2007

Two-time Thoroughbred Horse of the Year John Henry enjoys the life of Riley at the Kentucky Horse Park, munching grass and making occasional appearances for park visitors. It's a well-deserved retirement of one of the best horses ever to set foot o... Read More

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Platinum Performance to Sponsor USDF Junior/Young Rider Program

June 06, 2007

Platinum Performance, Inc. has announced it will sponsor the United States Dressage Federation (USDF) Junior/Young Rider program.

Founded in 1973, the United States Dressage Federation is a nonprofit member organization dedicated to... Read More

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Lubricants Can Harm Sperm: New Product Preserves Motility

March 31, 2007

Results of a recent research study indicated most nonspermicidal veterinary lubricants decrease sperm motility during cooled semen storage. Juan Samper, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACT, of JCS Veterinary Reproductive Services near Vancouver, British Columbia,... Read More

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Reproduction Problems

March 01, 2007

Drug compounding, the ethics of treating cryptorchids, and sexually transmitted diseases were the hot topics discussed by equine practitioners at the Reproduction Forum.... Read More

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Reducing Breeding-Induced Endometritis by Simplifying Management?

February 01, 2007

Modern breeding management and assisted reproduction might actually exacerbate the issue of mating-induced endometritis, according to Mats Troedsson, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACT, a professor of equine theriogenology in the Department of Large Animal Clinical... Read More

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Embryo Transfer: Who's Your Mama?

February 01, 2007

Embryo transfer (ET)--recovering the embryo from a bred donor mare for placement into a recipient mare that will carry and raise the foal--has become a useful reproductive tool for a growing number of breeders. Mares that are competing, or mares... Read More

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Real "Pet Detective" Has Seen it All

December 31, 2006

 From New Jersey dog fights to California rat hoarders, Paul Miller has investigated more animal cruelty than many could stomach.

In a coast-to-coast career spanning nearly 30 years, he has gone undercover, written up charges and... Read More

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How Far We've Come

December 01, 2006

I was flattered when I was asked to discuss how far we've come in equine reproduction. I found it interesting to go back and review the many changes that have occurred.

Stallions

The use of artificial insemination has increased ove... Read More