This course is designed for horse owners and breeding managers who want to learn the most efficient methods for ensuring the success of their breeding programs, said Chelsie Huseman, Ph.D., Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service horse specialist in the Department of Animal Science, Bryan-College Station.
“We are typically limited to 12-15 people each year to allow the intensive hands-on experience,” Huseman said. “So, we are excited this year to be able to offer the short course virtually and open it up to fulfill the need for equine reproductive management education to those who otherwise would have ended up on our extensive waitlist.”
The cost is $300 for all three days or $125 per day. Those who sign up for the three-day full registration will be mailed an interactive kit and book valued at $60. To receive the kit prior to the short course, registration before Dec. 15 is highly encouraged. Registration will close Jan. 4.
All short course recordings will be made available to registrants, who will have access to the course and the recordings until Feb. 8.
Course topics by day
Day 1 – Stallion reproductive management. Management techniques including collection of a stallion, behavior management, and semen analysis will be demonstrated. Participants will learn how to perform semen evaluation and prepare it for breeding or shipping. Freezing semen will also be demonstrated.
Day 2 – Mare reproductive management. Excised reproductive tracts will provide specialized understanding to anatomy and application of artificial insemination. Management techniques including palpating, nutritional programs and artificial insemination will be demonstrated. Management and manipulation of the mare’s estrous cycle will be covered extensively.
Day 3 – Virtual tours and additional reproductive management topics to help prepare participants to troubleshoot breeding problems. Management techniques, including on-farm foaling kits, pregnancy checks and artificial lighting systems, will be demonstrated.
For more information, email Huseman or call 979-845-5264.
Dozens of horses have died in Texas and the cause is still unclear. The horses lived in Wichita and surrounding counties. Wichita County Agricultural Extension Agent David Graf is investigating the deaths and thus far has found no definitive cause. Officials are still investigating and hope to gain a better understanding of what happened to the horses.
Graf suggested that kleingrass toxicity may be to blame; though kleingrass is a good grazing forage for livestock, it can damage the liver and cause death in horses, sheep and goats. Kleingrass was found in a bale of hay on a deceased horse’s farm. Two other horses were treated for liver failure. However, samples from other deceased horses showed low toxicity, meaning kleingrass may not be responsible for all of the deaths.
In coming weeks, officials from Texas A&M and the Natural Resources Conservation Service will inspect the fields where the horses had lived in hopes of finding more clues. The investigation is ongoing.
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