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Reproductive Services

Fox Valley Equine offers a wide range of reproductive services provided in the field. These include breeding, care of the broodmare and foal and assisting in delivery and post-delivery care.

Breeding services involve assessing mares for breeding using digital ultrasound, uterine culture, and cytology and then artificial insemination with chilled or frozen semen.

Please contact us well in advance to provide the best chances for the best results.

Did you know?

The average gestation length in the mare ranges from 320 to 362 days.

Reproductive Ultrasound

Since the early 1980s, the use of ultrasound has revolutionized our understanding of mare reproductive physiology, and with it stud management. Ultrasound allows the practitioner to diagnose problems and monitor reproductive activity with considerable accuracy. Additionally, the non-invasive nature of the technique reduces the risks of harming the mare or her fetus, and allows sequential monitoring. Today, ultrasound is regularly used to monitor ovarian activity, and to diagnose and monitor pregnancy and reproductive abnormalities.

Artificial Insemination

FVEP is fully equipped to artificially inseminate a mare with fresh or cooled, shipped semen on the farm when the mare is ready to be bred. Prior to breeding the mare, her estrus (heat) cycle will need to be monitored by ultrasound of the reproductive tract to determine the optimum time to inseminate.

IgG Testing & Plasma

A foal’s IgG (antibody level) should be tested 12-18 hours after birth, if low supplementation with intravenous plasma is recommended, and can be given on the farm. Fox Valley Equine Practice keeps frozen plasma in stock during foaling season as part of our commitment to providing “The Best Medicine in the Field”. The mare should also be examined post foaling and her placenta should be examined to be sure no abnormalities are present.


Mare and Foal Care

FVEP veterinarians readily provide mare and foal care on the client’s farm, including healthy and sick newborn foal exams. A newborn foal exam should be set up within 24 hours of birth to ensure mother and baby are healthy and that the foal is nursing well.