I have a really nice mare and was curious about embryo transfer. Can anyone share their stories? Who has a good rep for performing ET, what are the average costs, and do you believe it is worth the additional expense?
Big things are the need for an expert vet and several doner mares ideally 3 recipients for every doner try. I guess you are in USA but for me in the UK my cost was £5500-6000 not including the stallion stud cost. My mare was on full liveryt for several months and I have to hire the recipient mare. Got an embryo and this is what I would of spent on a quality foal/yearling but with the added bonus of being from my very special mare.
Normal cost I think is 15-25% over standard stud costs in breeding your mare normally.
For me worth every penny as the mare is 19 and could not carry to full term herself
I think my situation may be a bit different than some others.
This has been my experience to date...
My FIL had two "spare" broodmares that we are using. All three mares are in a big pasture across the fence from the geldings that are all gaga about them and constantly making moonie eyes at them.
Vet comes out to do first ultra sound to see where things are. Low and behold donor mare and one recipient are totally in sync. Vet orders semen, breeds donor mare. Seven days later she is flushed. Embryo retrieved, put in recip mare. This coming Thursday recip mare will be preg checked.
We are at about $1K right now.
The vet said that we are really lucky that things have gone like clockwork and it's usually not this easy! I agree
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