Stallion Reproductive Services

Our services are designed to allow owners to use their stallions semen in a fresh, cooled and frozen semen program. Stallion services are provided on an outpatient (trailer-in) or inpatient (boarded on-site). All services are charged pre-procedure.

Semen collection is performed in the veterinary barn using routine techniques. After semen collection, it is immediately evaluated and processed for fresh or cooled shipped use. Evaluation includes determination of the following:

  1. Gel-free volume
  2. Sperm Motility (total and progressive)
  3. Sperm concentration

After processing, the semen is prepared for on-site breeding or packaged into a shipping container and sent to the mare owner. The mare owner is responsible for paying for the collection and shipping of semen. Semen can be shipped via Fed-Ex or by using commercial airlines (i.e. counter to counter).

 

Stallion Phantom Training                                 $500.00 *includes 5 training sessions
This includes 5 training sessions with the stallion to be collected using a phantom and evaluation of ejaculate.  Additional fees may be applied determined case by case and length of training process. 
*Additional fees may apply for stallions requiring more that five sessions

Semen Collection, Immediate use                    $150.00 per collection
This includes the collection of semen, evaluation and preparation for immediate insemination of a “fresh dose”. Payment prior to collection/insemination is required by mare owner and we highly recommend stating this in your “Stallion Contract.” Semen will not be shipped, under any circumstances if “Immediate Use” or “Fresh Dose AI” are chosen services requested.

Semen Collection, Cooled                                  $225.00 per collection
This includes the collection of semen, evaluation and preparation of semen for NOT immediate insemination (i.e. AI > 6 hours after stallion collected).  This is semen that a designated party will be picking up at Bandalero for delivery to person that will be inseminating desired mare per mare owner’s discretion.  Payment prior to pick up of semen is required by mare owner and we highly recommend stating this in your “Stallion Contract.”  Semen will not be handed over, under any circumstances, without payment.

Semen Collection, Shipped via Fed-Ex             $300.00 per collection*
This includes the collection of semen, evaluation and preparation for shipping and shipment to desired location via Fed-Ex, next day air. Payment prior to shipping is required by mare owner and we highly recommend stating this in your “Stallion Contract.” Semen will not be shipped, under any circumstances, without payment.

Semen Collection, Shipped Via Airlines  Varies (min.=$ 450.00/collection)
This includes the collection of semen, evaluation and preparation for shipping and shipment to desired location via Commercial Airlines.  Payment prior to shipping is required by mare owner and we highly recommend stating this in your “Stallion Contract.” Semen will not be shipped, under any circumstances, without payment.

Test Freezing Semen                                                   $575.00 per collection
This includes the collection of semen, evaluation and freezing techniques using at least 4 varieties of freezing extender to aid in determination of freezing technique to maximize potential quality of preserved sperm.  Report of freezing extenders used and results included.

Routine Freezing Semen                                             $450.00 per collection
This includes the collection of semen, evaluation and freezing techniques for single type of freezing extender for indefinitely storing of semen in liquid nitrogen.  Printed straws are ordered, at no additional expense for each stallion.

Frozen Semen Storage Monthly Fee                                              $ 25.00 
A $25.00 monthly fee to store up to 250 of the ½ ml straws used for storing frozen semen.

Frozen Semen Storage Annual Fee                            ranges $ 150.00-550.00
See Storage Fees Sheet for details.

*Additional shipping costs may apply pending location of semen shipments final destination

 

 

Teaching Your Stallion To Use A Phantom


TEACHING YOUR STALLION TO USE A PHANTOM MARE

Through the years, Bandalero Ranch has taught many stallions both young and old to use a phantom mare. Most stallions will mount readily and can be collected successfully with relatively few attempts. It is difficult to predict how a stallion will act until teaching begins. A stallion whose behavior is "quiet" or those stallions slow to breed may take more time due to their timidity, or low libido, however they will eventually use a phantom just as well as any other stallion once confidence and understanding is gained.

In our experience, the average stallion can take one to three sessions prior to a successful collection. Those stallions who have previously live covered mares may take additional sessions since they are initially confused when they are not permitted to mount the tease mare. Once a successful collection is achieved, two to three more collections to reinforce the behavior will provide us some predictability and reliability that he will perform when necessary.

We maintain a mare for teaching and general collecting purposes. This mare is quiet and shows estrus well which encourages each stallion and gives him confidence. Each session takes a team of three people; the stallion handler, mare handler and the collector/veterinarian. The mare handler strategically places the mare next to our teasing partition, giving the stallion, mare and handlers safe access for teasing. In most cases, this is enough to stimulate the stallion.  In special circumstances, the mare is positioned next to the phantom mare on the opposite side from where the stallion will be presented. The stallion has already been prepped and is led up so that he can tease the mare over the phantom. The person handling the artificial vagina must be prepared to collect the semen wherever the stallion mounts. If the stallion is being trained to use an in-line artificial vagina the person then helps the stallion guide his penis into the in-line artificial vagina.  A young stallion does not always mount on the proper end and to insist that he does can result in frustration. Stallions are quick learners; once success is attained there will be improvement with each subsequent session.

If you are planning to stand your stallion, this teaching period is an excellent time to test your stallion's semen for fresh cooled transport. Our 48 hour semen viability test will provide you with valuable information for marketing. Please refer to our rate sheet for current pricing.