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This NebGuide discusses the benefits of using cooled stallion semen for horse breeding.
Using cooled, transported stallion semen is quickly becoming a viable breeding option for many horse producers. An increasing number of breed associations are recognizing the benefits of cooled semen and making it an option for producers. Mare owner's who are able to use cooled semen experience less expense related to breeding, if the program is properly conducted. Transporting cooled semen from the stud farm to the mare allows owners to reduce mare care and transportation costs. Furthermore, because the mare will remain on-the-farm, there is less chance for illness and/or injury when exposed to an unfamiliar environment and horses. Owners may also be more willing to breed to superior stallions if all other costs are reduced and the stallion, for the most part, comes to the mare.