Saphiro – UK and EU Breeding Info

Frozen semen is now available in the UK and EU!

Lusitano Mares $2300   ( € 1,852  £ 1,639) {meta-shortname}

Other Mares $1900   ( € 1,530 £ 1,354) {meta-shortname}

Stud fees are in US dollars and include the booking fee and first two breeding doses. Currency conversion is approximate and is based on the Open Exchange Rates project. Actual conversion values are subject to change, and may be affected by individual transaction surcharges and other factors.

Frequently Asked Questions – UK & EU

More questions are answered on our Saphiro FAQ page.

Q. Is the stud fee in Euros, Pounds or US dollars? How do I pay the stud fee?

The stud fee and any applicable dose fees are payable in US funds. If you are unable to provide a check in US funds, we do accept paypal with a 5% convenience charge to cover our fee. Please contact us if you would like a invoice. Shipping at related expenses will be payable directly to the semen distribution center.

Q. When will semen be available in the UK and EU?

Saphiro’s semen is available from distribution centers in the UK and France and is already being distributed to paid/contracted mare owners. The 2010-2011 Breeding season was a huge success and the foals have already started arriving!

Q. Where is the semen stored? How much is shipping?

Semen is being stored at Stallions AI (UK) and Equitechnic (France). All shipping and related expenses are paid directly to distribution centers. You can contact the distribution centers for an up to date list of fees shipping questions. PLEASE NOTE: All breeding inquiries should be made to JC Andalusians, please only contact distribution centers for questions related to shipping. At this time, we will be handling all payments for stud and dose fees as well as handling contracts and breeding inquiries from the USA.

Q. Will Saphiro's book be limited?

Yes! We have a limited number of frozen semen doses shipped to Europe. His book will be limited to retain high value for his offspring and so that we can fulfill all of our obligations for rebreeding rights with the semen we have already imported should it be needed. All mares must be approved.

Q. What is the recommended protocol for breeding with frozen semen?

It is recommended that the mare be checked every 6 hours approaching ovulation. When ovulation is determined to be immanent the AI technician may want to reduce check time to every 4 hours. The mare should be inseminated with a breeding dose within 6 hours pre-ovulation and/or within 4 hours post-ovulation. If breeding with one breeding dose per cycle, the mare should be bred within 4 hours post ovulation.

Q. How many straws do I get?

A sample from every collection is test thawed. The progressively motile sperm of the test thaw determines a breeding dose. Breeding doses consist of aprox 300 million progressively motile sperm based on post thaw data at time of freezing. The number of straws per breeding dose may vary slightly from collection to collection but average 4-6 straws per breeding dose. It is important to always use the number of straws included in a breeding dose for the best chances of a successful pregnancy. As tempting as it may be to try and expand the use of frozen semen, breaking up breeding doses may affect conception rates and will cost more money in the end.

Have more questions? Please contact us. We are happy to talk with you!