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    Equine Reproduction A Guide for Farmers and Breeders
    Compile by Teagasc Equine Specialist Unit



    Pages: 52
    Publisher: --
    Edition: Reprint, 2010
    Language: English
    ISBN: --

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    Breeders of top quality sport horses can look forward to a bright future filled with opportunity. The market shows a proven and consistent demand for quality horses and breeders should streamline their operations to take advantage of this situation. Shrewd choice of breeding stock and better management techniques will improve the quality and consistency of foals, and thus improve profit margins at the same time. This guide outlines the basics of breeding, specifically for small and medium-sized breeding operations. Further and more specific information is available from the Teagasc equine specialists.

    TABLE OF CONTENTS
    Introduction 4
    1. Bloodstock selection 5
    2. Estimated breeding values 10
    3. Reading a pedigree 12
    4. Reproductive anatomy of the mare 14
    5. Reproductive cycle of the mare 17
    6. Manipulating the mare’s reproductive cycle 20
    7. Pre-breeding management of mares 22
    8. Gestation period 24
    9. Record keeping 25
    10. Teasing 27
    11. Timing of breeding 30
    12. Artificial insemination 33
    13. Post-breeding management of the mare 37
    14. Infertility in the mare 39
    15. Disease prevention 42
    16. Breeder skill requirements 45
    17. Average cost of producing a foal to weanling 46
    Appendix A 48
    Appendix B 50



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