AI, ET, among hot topics at Aust horse breeding expo

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A horse breeding expo is being held in South Australia early next month, covering topics including AI, embryo transfer, and difficult mares.

Speakers at the Horse SA Horse Breeding Expo on June 4 include international horse reproduction expert Dr Jose Len,  pedigree expert Brian Messner and Meadows veterinarian Dr Greg Rodda.

Dr Jose Len
Dr Jose Len

Experts in the field will look at problems with mares getting into foal, as well as genetic testing, breeding technology and understanding line breeding in pedigrees.

Katherine Szalay-Evans started the event four years ago before handing over management to Horse SA.

“Breeding is one area of the horse industry that seems to be left out in regards to educational events,” she said.

“By bringing together veterinarians, industry experts and relevant businesses to share their knowledge and products with horse breeders can learn how they can improve their skills and breeding practices.”

Organised by non-profit Horse SA, the expo is designed to engage a wide range of equestrians, from those interested in breeding their first foal through to the more serious professional seeking to invest in a performance horse or racehorse.

“Through providing events such as this, with the opportunity to hear from experts, horse breeders can make informed choices and ensure that there is a market for the foal,” said Julie Fiedler, Executive Officer for Horse SA.

“The expo complements our sustainable land management and horse welfare programs.”

Several breed societies and businesses will have trade stands and displays on the day, at the Hahndorf Institute in the South Australian town of Hahndorf, the oldest German town in Australia.

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