Semen Freezing and Epididymal Sperm Harvest
Semen freezing is carried out at West Kington Stallion Centre near Chippenham.
All stallions visiting West Kington will require health tests to be taken according to the HBLB code of Practice for the control of venereal diseases:
Stallions that are collecting for export will require additional health tests relevant to the country of destination.
Prices range from around £260 + VAT to meet basic EU requirements to around £1000 + VAT for worldwide distribution.
During a 2 to 3 day stay it may be possible to make 3 or 4 collections. Over a longer period, the most cost effective routine is to make no more than 3 to 4 collections per week.
The number of insemination doses produced from each collection varies considerably depending on semen quantity and quality, but is usually between 5 and 15.
|Full livery (in quarantine if appropriate) and exercise to owners requirements||2020 Price TBA|
|Collecting and freezing one ejaculate (to include the first 5 doses processed)||2020 Price TBA|
|Charge for each additional dose of useable semen produced from an ejaculate||2020 Price TBA|
|Typical weekly charge to include full livery and at least 3 collections||2020 Price TBA|
EPIDIDYMAL SPERM HARVEST
The sudden death of a stallion can be devastating, not only emotionally but also financially. Castration and harvesting the sperm from the epididymis immediately after death or euthanasia may be possible in some cases and can enable doses of semen to be banked after death. Alternatively, epididymal sperm harvest can be performed as an elective procedure at the time of castration of a healthy animal. Obtaining semen this way means that the stallion doesn’t need to undergo extensive training for collection, or be exposed to the breeding environment, and there is no interference with a competition/training schedule.
Please contact the stud team at the B&W Willesley Stud on 01666 880501 if you require further information on epididymal sperm harvest, or routine semen collection and freezing.