Right now, I only have Wolkentanz I (a few extra doses are looking for a home) but this year I'm adding Jupiter, Balou Du Rouet and Ruiz Soler...and we have a bunch of Holstein and Angus semen in there too because I have to share with the hubby...or rather he has to share with me!
Last edited by NorthHillFarm; Feb. 15, 2011 at 02:05 PM.
It is reasonable IF you plan ahead. The dry shipper tanks weigh about 30 pounds, so if you need it overnight or the vet you use doesn't have a nitrogen tank (I'm always suspect of anyone that claims to do frozen semen, but doesn't even have a nitrogen storage tank <sigh>) it means you're going to pay a premium for that. Or if you order in the height of breeding season, chances are the tank will be need to be over nighted to you and over nighted back. The tanks are EXPENSIVE!!! So most shipping facilities will have a limited number of them on hand. Plan ahead! Right now, we ship out frozen semen a few times a week. But, during the height of the breeding season, as soon as a tank comes in, it gets charged and goes right back out and we need them back for the next breeder to be able to get semen in time! I figure that even with everything going correctly, I expect a one week turnaround when I ship out frozen semen. At $1200 a tank, I expect it to take at least 2 years to recoup our investment on a tank. And, if the tank is damaged, well...there goes our investment <rolling eyes>. The advantage is that you can have multiple doses shipped at once, so the cost can be deferred out over several insemination doses. The ultimate costs is usually less than if you are ordering fresh cooled semen AND with the added advantage that it can be sitting there in the tank ready to use when your mare is ready to breed. No worries on whether or not the semen will be lost, the stallion doesn't collect, it's a Sunday and you can't get semen, etc. But the take home message is to order early so that the shipment can come by ground...
Oh and edited to add, we've got too many to list here <LOL>....but mostly domestic boys
Hope that helps!
Thanks Kathy! I have semen stored at a clinic in CA from last year (my mare out there didnt catch on frozen and we switched to fresh), and it needs to go to VA for a mare there - it's only one dose though, so if the mare doesnt catch the first time, I need to get more shipped from Foxfire. . .
So, if I rent a dry shipper, does it come charged? and how long does the charge hold? and if it comes charged, can you open it to put the straws in and close it, and its still good to go? or do you recharge it each time you open it. . .
Thanks for any help - I always appreciate your posts on COTH.
So, if I rent a dry shipper, does it come charged?
Depends on who is renting it to you. Some will have a flat rental fee that will include charging. Others will send you the tank and it will be your responsibility to charge it.
and how long does the charge hold?
Depends on the tank. The dry shippers we use have a hold time of around 14 days, depending on exactly which tank it is.
and if it comes charged, can you open it to put the straws in and close it, and its still good to go?
or do you recharge it each time you open it. . .
Depends on how long it's been since it was last charged. If the charge time gets down on it, you should add nitrogen. We typically will top off a tank that comes in and let it sit overnight before shipping it out just to cover ourselves. Nothing worse than thawed semen arriving.
My VIRTUAL tank has:
Dollar de la Pierre
Cor de la Bryere
Quidam de Revel
Balou du Rouet
and all of the Eurocommerce Stallions!
Not looking to sell any, but I have (stored at vets):
-Lordanos 6 straws
-Cornets Stern 4 straws
Did have Landor S but it has all been used.
I would love to get some more to store for the future, but so many places in Aus (who are agents for European stallions) make you use the semen, then send back any left over if you pay for a service. I would like to buy more semen "outright" and then store it!