A.I. Rules and Regulations

The STAGBI rules and regulations for artificial insemination used for breeding are as follows:

1. All domestic semen used for the purpose of AI must be from stallions that are fully registered and entered in the STAGBI Studbook.

2. All domestic stallion owners intending to use their stallions as donors for AI purpose must notify STAGBI in advance of collection of semen.

3. All domestic semen used for the purpose of AI must be from stallions that have been geno-typed by DNA analysis from hair sample using the micro-satellite technique.

4. All domestic stallions donating semen should have been tested negative for Contagious Equine Metritis (CEM), Equine Infectious Anaemia (EIA) and Equine Viral Arteritis (EVA) prior to collection of semen as specified by the current HBLB Code of Practice. Confirmation of negative results should be submitted to STAGBI prior to distribution of semen. In the case of a seropositive EVA result following vaccination, evidence of negative result prior to vaccination is required.

5. All importers of chilled or frozen semen must notify STAGBI of the intended importation, stating the stallionís name and location.

6. All imported semen used for the purpose of AI must be from stallions that are fully registered and entered in their countries recognised breed authority studbook.

7. All imported semen used for the purpose of AI must be from stallions that have been geno-typed by DNA analysis using micro-satellite technique. The DNA profile and certified unique number must be made available to STAGBI for subsequent progeny verification purposes.

8. All semen imported into the UK from within the EU must be accompanied by a completed intra-community trade certificate (INTRA) specifying the name of the stallion whose semen the certificate relates to and by an original, valid health certificate issued in the country of origin.

9. All semen imported into the UK from outside the EU must be accompanied by a completed Common Veterinary Entry Document (CVEDA) specifying the name of the stallion whose semen the certificate relates to and by an original, valid health certificate issued in the country of origin.

10. All importers of frozen semen must supply STAGBI with copies of all accompanying health certificates.

11. All transported semen must be clearly labelled with the name of stallion and the date on which semen was collected.

12. On completion of each AI procedure the authorised veterinarian or AI technician must complete the STAGBI AI declaration form (see download page) and return to stallion owner/agent.

13. All brood mares that produce a foal following AI procedures must be geno-type by DNA analysis from hair sample using the micro-satellite technique as per STAGBI regulations for any broodmare.

14. All foals born as a result of AI must be geno-typed by DNA analysis from a hair sample using the micro-satellite technique as per STAGBI regulations for any foal registration.

15. Frozen semen from a deceased stallion may be used, providing a DNA profile of the stallion is available.

16. If a stallion has frozen semen stored, is sold or leased, the vendor and purchaser must have a written agreement over the ownership or sale of any existing frozen semen and who is responsible for issuance of any subsequent mating certificate. A copy of the written signed agreement should be forwarded to STAGBI.