Collection And Shipping Services

Annual Evaluations

Semen collection is performed at the laboratory using routine techniques. After semen is collected, it is immediately evaluated and processed for fresh or cooled-shipped use.

The initial semen evaluation includes determination of:

  1. Gel-free volume,
  2. Percent sperm motility (total and progressive) and
  3. Sperm concentration.

If the semen is to be used for fresh insemination, the appropriate volume of raw semen is mixed with semen extender so that each insemination dose contains at least 500 million progressively motile sperm cells. If the semen is to be used for shipped-cooled insemination, the appropriate volume of raw semen is mixed with semen extender so that each insemination dose contains at least one billion progressively motile sperm cells.

After processing, the semen is packaged into an appropriate shipping/cooling container and sent to the mare owner. We primarily ship in an Equitainer, unless the shipment is Canadian bound. Normally Canadian shipments are sent in a disposable container. There is an extra charge for this, however, it is usually much less than the expense to return the Equitainer.Cooled-transported semen is generally shipped to the mare owner via Federal Express via Priority Overnite Service. Semen may be shipped for same day delivery using commercial airlines (i.e. counter-to-counter). We have courier service to the airport, and with proper notification; 24 hours, we are often able to provide it conveniently for pick up by the mare owner on an early afternoon to early evening flight.