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    Wondering in general which is better for the pocket book and for success rates when using fresh cooled semen?

  • #2
    Originally posted by bluedapple View Post
    Wondering in general which is better for the pocket book and for success rates when using fresh cooled semen?
    It depends entirely on the competency of the people involved . Look for a clinic or technician/vet that has a good success rate. Let's face it, if you are using a facility that is cheap, but it takes three tries to get the job done, you are probably better off going with the more expensive facility that gets it right with one attempt. And you are also going to find variations in what the charges are. We charge a flat fee of $275/cycle for cooled semen - that's if you haul in or leave your mare here. If you leave the mare, there is "board" on top of that, but flip side is, when she gets closer, she "will" be checked daily. Whereas if you have to haul in, chances are she'll be checked every other day. And how much is your time, wear and tear on your vehicle and fuel worth?

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    • #3
      I will chime in and say that to have my vet come and do the breeding, they worked up an estimate and it was around $2500. I took my mare to a breeding farm, total cost?- $476 in board/fees (32 days) and the vet- two ultrasounds- $290. stallion was on farm, no shipping fees. mare took first try. that was 2010

      in 2009, same mare, went to different "breeding" farm, was there April to August, came home OPEN, total cost $4500 +, and if I'm totally honest, I'll tell you I'm STILL paying the credit card on that one.

      now, some of the difference is that the man who was managing the mare/barn in 2010 knew what he was doing, knew how to tease, knew the signs, etc. In 2009, it was supposedly a "breeding barn" when really it was a lovely older gentleman who called the vet every other day. :-) and who has a ton of $$ himself, so didn't really care how many ultrasounds/cycles he had to go thru, as long as some of his mares took and he had babies the next year, he considered it a success.


      • #4
        I prefer to have the vet work at my barn, unless I 100% completely know and trust the clinic in question. I've seen way too many situations where when the owner is away the ultrasound pattern becomes minimal at best (even once a day!). Also, I prefer to have a complete record of the breeding cycle for the future -- I find I write down more details than many vets -- and I like to be there to ask questions and contribute to the decisions made.
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        • Original Poster

          thank you! How long do you leave the mare at the clinic when they go per cycle?


          • #6
            Depends- I prefer to do it at home. I've had some terrible experiences having mares at clinics. I know my mares pretty well though, and have the ability to tease them, typically ultrasound on the second day of strong teasing, and go from there. I either have the vet here, or I can haul to a local clinic and they ultrasound for $50. It usually ends up being about the same price when it's all said and done, and I'd rather have my mares home.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by rodawn
              $4500 - holy cow.

              This year, I tried to breed 5 mares, got a total of 8 cycles (3 mares took 1st, 1 mare took 2nd, and the challenging mare I quit after 3 cycles, plus had to spend bucks cleaning this last mare out) and all total that still cost me less than $4500.
              phssst (that's that disgusted sound we make) at least that total includes the stud fee ($1100)-- it was one of those "they saw me coming" situations, one month my vet bill was a visit ($90) every day for about 10 days--plus whatever meds/shots/procedures. let's just say it was a VERY expensive lesson, not one I will ever repeat. I saved like crazy to have a bundle of $ to pay for the next year, when I got my final bill, AND a pregnant mare, I really thought they had made a mistake (cuz it was only $476) and actually asked them if they forgot a zero


              • #8
                When using fresh cooled semen, I prefer to breed at home. My regular vet is great at repro (years ago we were even using frozen semen at home with P&E to time ovulation). Unlike the specialist repro clinic vet (who prefers frozen because it will never involve a Chinese fire drill), my local vet is used to working with fresh and is comfortable with the process, including the fire drill aspects.

                I use the clinic for frozen, as I can use only one dose and the mares are closely watched. But with fresh, I can save money, keep my girls at home and less stressed by breeding them at home.

                That said, any breeder must do their homework and be sure that the vet they hire is experienced and will do a good job, with all the necessary checks before breeding, as well as afterwards checking for fluid and for ovulation. If they take shortcuts, the chances of success drop significantly.
                Mary Lou


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