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Revised Aust Stud Book Stance On Reinforcement Of Natural Service
The Australian Stud Book announced it has revised its previous opposition to reinforcement of natural service. The ASB stated: "Reinforcement of natural service is now permitted as an aid to a mating, providing it occurs immediately after that service & is only used for that mare. No semen obtained from a stallion by any artificial means may be used to reinforce a service & the semen must not be processed or altered in any way. As an integrity measure, the names of the stallion & mares involved must be sent to the Keeper within 48 hours of that reinforcement." In June the ASB had declared its continued opposition to the practice (which allows semen to be taken from the floor of the mare's vagina following service & then inserted through the cervix). Australia "is currently the only major breeding country that prohibits the practice," noted breednet.com.au.