- Shipping of semen to Verband Stallion Stations
To breeders within Schleswig-Holstein, semen of nearly all Verband stallions can be made available at any stallion station of the Holsteiner Verband Hengsthaltungs GmbH, Elmshorn. Semen is delivered to the chosen station by night courier free of shipping charges. On-farm insemination is another option for Schleswig-Holstein breeders. Here semen is ordered through a station and is shipped to this station free of charge. Upon arrival at the station, the semen is delivered to a contracted vet licensed to inseminate the mare directly on the breeder‘s premises.
- The person in charge of the station is obliged to ask a member wanting to breed a mare for the membership number and the mare‘s equine passport. Should the owner have outstanding debts to the Holsteiner Verband Hengsthaltungs GmbH, Elmshorn, despite several reminders, the mare/s will not be bred!
- Prior to breeding / insemination by a frequently used stallion, the station director is entitled to have the station‘s vet examine a mare to ensure the presence of a good-sized follicle (at least 35 mm) even though the mare might be showing clear signs of heat to a stallion at the station in order to spare the stallion and to improve pregnancy prospects. All barren and all 3-year-old mares must be swabbed clean. If this is not the case, the person in charge of the station is entitled to refuse breeding the mare in the best interest of all breeders.
- Mares previously bred in the same season
The owner of the mare is obliged to inform the person in charge of the stallion station if the mare has been previously bred in the same season when changing the station. In any case, membership number and equine passport/ registration papers must be presented anew. Stallion keeper and station staff are instructed to refuse breeding in case these prerequisites are not met.
- Covering certificate
The covering certificate will be issued to the mare owner after the first heat cycle the mare has been bred / inseminated.
- Mare health management
To boost fertility and to prevent the transmission of epidemic diseases to our stallions and mares, the following rules apply to the stallion stations of the Holsteiner Verband Hengsthaltungs GmbH, Elmshorn during the breeding season:
- a. On principle, only mares free from sexually transmitted diseases may be served by the stallions.
b. All barren mares, 3-year-old and older maiden mares, mares which had an abortion or delivered a dead or a weak, non-viable foal as well as mares with postpartum problems (retained afterbirth, etc) should undergo clinical and bacteriological examinations (swabs) by a vet as soon as possible. It is highly advisable to have the mare examined and swabbed when in heat. The corresponding veterinary certificate must be submitted to the person in charge of the respective stallion station along with the result of the swab.
c. Under special circumstances, the management of the Holsteiner Verband Hengsthaltungs GmbH, Elmshorn reserves the right to issue additional regulations applying to all or to individual stations.
d. Mares from premises which are or have been affected by epidemic disease (inter alia viral abortion) may only be brought to a Holsteiner Verband Hengsthaltungs GmbH, Elmshorn, stallion station for insemination with a permission of the respective stallion station’s vet.
e. Mare owners are free to arrange for further examinations to improve fertility. It is advisable to have mares failing to conceive also tested for CEM.
- a. A mare coming back into heat for the second time cannot be rebred until a veterinary health certificate has been presented to the station director/ veterinarian.
b. The mare owner is advised to have the mare appropriately examined already when she comes back into heat for the first time.
III. a. Owners are advised to have their mares’ pregnancy status checked at an early stage (day 15-17/ day 28-30, if necessary day 42, according to the insemination vet’s instructions).
- Mare Examinations
Based on the experience of the Holsteiner Verband Hengsthaltungs GmbH, Elmshorn, station vets it is suggested to have the swabs tested for the following germs:
- beta haemolytic streptococci
- haemolytic e coli
- yeast-like fungi
- Staphylococcus aureus
Prior to breeding (live cover) a veterinary certificate confirming the mare free from the above mentioned germs must be presented to the station director. Only then natural breeding (live cover) of the mare is possible.
For artificial insemination, the swab tests required for live cover are recommended for 3-year-old maiden mares prior to breeding and for mares with a foal coming back into heat again after having been bred. Testing is mandatory for mares coming back into heat for the second time after having been re-bred. The swab test results must not be older than six weeks and shall be in writing only.
- Billing of Veterinary Charges for On-Station
(at Holsteiner Verband Stallion Stations) and On-Farm
(at Breeder’s Premises) Insemination
Insemination by stallions owned by the Holsteiner Verband Hengsthaltungs GmbH, Elmshorn, starts on 16 February 2017 (approximately). For each individual mare, the breeder has two options for settling the veterinary charges. The decision must be made and written down in the insemination contract completed at the station prior to the mare‘s first insemination:
- Direct billing by the vet based on the veterinary fee schedule
- Billing according to the applicable flat rate fee.
a. On-station insemination flat fee - fresh semen 150,– euros + VAT (total 178,50 euros)
b. On-station insemination flat fee - frozen semen 340,– euros + VAT (total 404,60 euros)
c. On-farm (breeder’s premises) insemination flat fee 270,– euros + VAT (total 321,30 euros)
The applicable flat fee will cover gynaecological examinations and inseminations under three heat cycles. In case of b) the mare will be inseminated with frozen semen under the first two heat cycles, if she does not conceive, she will be inseminated with fresh semen by a Verband stallion under the third heat cycle.
Coverage/outset of the flat fee: In addition to showing clear external signs of heat towards a teaser stallion, the mare must have a viable, good-sized follicle (35 mm at least). The station vet decides whether the mare is ready for insemination. If there is no viable follicle, all examinations and treatment necessary until such a follicle is present will be charged extra by the vet.
As of the fourth heat cycle, veterinary charges will be billed extra by the vet.
The vet charges the mare owner extra for follicle examinations carried out when the mare is not in heat as well as for additional veterinary treatment, specific hormonal treatment, administration of ovulation induction agents, swabs, and pregnancy checks.
Should a mare inseminated with fresh semen during the 2017 breeding season (on-station insemination + on-farm insemination flat fee) not conceive, follicle examinations and inseminations during the first insemination cycle in the following year will be free of charge. In this case the insemination flat fee will only be due as of the second heat cycle. This right may not be transferred to another mare; moreover, this arrangement does not apply to the frozen semen insemination flat fee. To be eligible, the respective vet in charge of insemination must receive a certificate of the mare’s barren status by 15 September 2017. It is always advisable for the breeders to have all mares’ pregnancy status checked at that time of the year in order to be able to plan necessary veterinary treatment should a mare be barren or no longer pregnant in order to prepare and “clean up” the mares in good time for the new breeding season.
Whenever the stallion station is changed, the flat fee becomes payable anew and is billed directly by the vet in question. When changing the stallion station later than 1 August 2017, the flat fee cannot be opted for, but all charges will be billed directly by the vet in question.
Additional information to b)
As the mare must be closely monitored several times a day when using frozen semen, call-out charges incurred outside regular station hours will be charged separately at cost.
The frozen semen flat fee is only an option for stallions selected by the Holsteiner Verband Hengsthaltungs GmbH, Elmshorn, known for an acceptable AI fertility index.
Moreover, the frozen semen insemination flat fee is only available to mares accepted by the station vet as free from gynaecological disorders and diseases and with an acceptable conception prognosis and may be refused due to a mare’s old age, acute and chronic gynaecological disorders or a history of barrenness.
In this case, the station vet must state the reasons for his refusal and discuss it with the owner of the mare. Should the mare owner insist on inseminating the mare with frozen semen in spite of a doubtful or poor conception prognosis, the owner will be billed directly and alerted to the risk of increased charges.
In addition to c)
The following rules apply for on-farm insemination:
- The breeder’s stable must meet the basic requirement (examination stand (according to the vet’s requirements), floor space for ultrasound scanner and medical equipment, washing facility, mare is stabled on the premises (vet may charge extra for a long wait)). In individual cases, the vet can refuse insemination (for example due to inadequate conditions, excessive distance).
- Only station vets or vets from a veterinary clinic contracted by the respective Holsteiner Verband Hengsthaltungs GmbH, Elmshorn insemination station qualify for on-farm insemination.
- Semen is ordered through a Holsteiner Verband Hengsthaltungs GmbH, Elmshorn stallion station in the breeder‘s area which collects the appropriate information and places the orders at Elmshorn. Prior to insemination, the breeder has to conclude an insemination contract in writing. Semen is delivered from the Elmshorn station to the station in the breeder‘s area. Per heat cycle, a maximum of 3 insemination doses will be provided.
- The station vet or the contracted veterinary clinic receive the semen, inseminate the mare on the breeder‘s farm and bill the breeder directly.
- The vet in charge of the insemination is responsible for correct completion of the documents. He must also take care that the Elmshorn insemination station receives a copy of the documents once the breeding season is completed.
- Only stallions selected by the Holsteiner Verband board and the management of the Holsteiner Verband Hengsthaltungs GmbH, Elmshorn in cooperation with the director of the Elmshorn insemination station may be chosen for on-farm insemination.