Reproduction

At Weatherford Equine we have achieved excellent pregnancy rates using fresh, chilled and  frozen semen, embryo transfer (ET) and artificial insemination (AI). Mare owners now have access to the world’s best genetics and the use of frozen semen is more popular than ever. Weatherford Equine stores frozen semen for clients both on a short or long term basis.

Our purpose built reproduction facility at Weatherford Equine provides full care for mares during their AI or ET programme with safe yards, paddocks and stables during their stay with 24 hour veterinary care and on farm veterinarian, Dr Smith.

The use of frozen semen in AI programmes requires precise timing of insemination with thawed semen. Dr Joanne Smith prides herself on the close timing of these breeds by being able to closely monitor mares to within one hour of ovulation.

Available Services:

 

Artificial Insemination

There are 3 types of Artificial Insemination:

  • Fresh Semen
  • Chilled Semen
  • Frozen Semen

Successful A.I. involves regular ultrasound examination and monitoring of the mare’s cycle and necessitates close communication between the mare owner, the veterinarian and the semen provider. Read more...

 

Embryo Transfer

Dr Smith has been involved with equine embryo transfer since 2004. Each year in Australia the demand for horse embryo transfer increases. Embryo transfer in the horse involves collection and transfer of an embryo from one mare (donor) into another (recipient). The donor mare and stallion contribute their genetics to the foal, not the recipient. The recipient will help determine the size of the foal at birth but its subsequent growth is determined by its own genetics and nutrition. Read more...

 

Freezing Semen

We can collect semen from your stallion at our hospital which gives us total control of all the management of the semen from collection to freezing. Your stallion can be stabled in a stallion box or in a large yard. We most commonly collect and freeze the stallion semen at every other day intervals. The reasons for this will be explained later. Read more...