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US Mares Bred Down 10% In 2011

Friday, 21st October 2011

Statistics from The US Jockey Club for the 2011 North American breeding season “show the number of stallions that serviced mares fell 11.5% & the number of mares bred declined 10% when compared to the same period a year ago” reported bloodhorse.com. Based on the Report Of Mares Bred received to October 12, The Jockey Club reported 1,935 stallions covered 36,504 mares in North America; through the same period a year ago 2,186 stallions had serviced 40,576 mares. The Jockey Club “estimates an additional 3,500-4,000 reports of mares bred will be received before the end of the year”. In Kentucky (which traditionally has the highest number of stallions & mares bred) 228 reported stallions covered 15,714 mares or 43% of all mares reported bred in North America (up from 42.6% last year). However the number of stallions servicing mares in Kentucky declined 14.3% to 228 & the number of mares bred to Kentucky stallions was down 9.2% from the 17,303 reported at this time last year. The greatest changes in number of stallions servicing mares & mares bred came in Oklahoma & Pennsylvania: Oklahoma’s stallion population fell 24% from 129 to 98 & the number of mares bred declined 18.6%; Pennsylvania reported a 20.6% drop in its stallion population from 97 to 77 & the 1,188 mares bred represented a decline of 23%.

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