September 20, 2021

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Unique in Vleteren: The horse breeder sends frozen embryos to the United States

Unique in Vleteren: The horse breeder sends frozen embryos to the United States

The Malays of Macha, a well-known horse breeding farm, is a special first from Vleteren. Was the first horse breeder to send a frozen horse embryo into the Atlantic Ocean. Instead of seven full-time foils, these are just 7 gram small test tubes. “Our famous Belgian show jumpers are hot, and thanks to this evolution, our animals are very accessible all over the world,” he said proudly.

At the Olympics you can not miss it: Belgian show jumping horses belong to the top of the showjumping round. So the top ones around the world are highly sought after, but the challenges in carrying young horses and puppies are still huge. The plan of Wilders Horse Farm Mars of Macha, the best riders Peter Devos, Klaus Decoster and Frederick de Baker, wants to change that.

86 per cent for overseas

For the first time in equestrian history, Moras of Macha has succeeded in transferring frozen horse embryos to the United States. Instead of carrying full-time foils, only ten tubes of 7 g each need to be replaced. “First shipment to the United States was very cheap: instead of 100,000 euros, the cost of airfare was reduced to 1,000 euros,” says Peter Davos.

Eighty-six percent of the horses sold for their favorite horses are exported. “Europe already has a good network of transmission centers, through which breeders in the most important breeding countries have been able to bring embryos,” says Davos. “But demand was high outside of Europe. To date, no one has been able to export frozen embryos with proper export documents.”

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After the United States, countries like Mexico, Brazil, Australia and New Zealand are also waiting. “In countries where horses are not yet involved it is often very difficult to carry embryos,” Peter Devos further explains. “The problem is that embryos are not considered organisms according to their law.”

Rental trees

The malls of Marரேs or Macha do not live in Belgium, but are located on a vast expanse near Lake Carta in Italy. In Italy, trees are also fertilized using IVF. Under the microscope, the eggs are fertilized by sperm from the best breeding stallions, after which the embryo grows for ten days in a small tube and stored in a nitrogen container. The nuclei are transported to the countries where they are to be fitted on a rental mare.

Maras of Macha has about 35 exceptional mares and aims to breed world-class shojumbars.