Linseed Oil, Vitamin E Help Improve Cooled Semen Quality
This is particularly important given that many mares bred early in the year have infertility issues of their own, said Christine Aurich, DVM, PhD, head of the Graf Lehndorff Institute for Equine Science, in Neustadt, Germany.
“A mare’s fertility is not automatically lower early in the breeding season,” Aurich said. “But mares that are bred early in the year are often barren mares, meaning they have not conceived the year before or they lost their pregnancy. We know that this is a sign of impaired fertility. Therefore, many mares bred early in the season may have a lower fertility with regard to their breeding history. So these mares should be bred with high-quality semen.”
But those same mares often receive lower-quality sperm due to seasonal changes in quality, Aurich said. The semen cooling and freezing processes can easily damage the sperm membrane. Researchers have noted that the damage is more pronounced during the early breeding season, reaching a peak around February
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