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Equine Practice
Artificial insemination in mares
  1. Chris Shepherd

    Chris Shepherd graduated from Liverpool in 1983. After four years in mixed practice, he joined the Willesley Equine Clinic in Gloucestershire where he is responsible for equine reproduction, including artificial insemination. He is a member of the BEVA artificial insemination subcommittee.


THE role of artificial insemination in equine breeding programmes has grown dramatically over the past 10 years, particularly for sports horses. Many of the early problems of artificial insemination have now been resolved and the reputation of the technique among breeders has improved. The procedure is now widely accepted by most studbooks. This article describes the insemination process and discusses how it may be used to optimise conception rates. It also outlines the health precautions which must be taken in any artificial insemination programme to limit the spread of venereal diseases in horses.

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