artificial insemination, commercial loss in breeding, equine viral arteritis, eva, international stallions, outbreak of disease, risk in thoroughbred breeding, shuttle stallions, thoroughbred economics
A recent incidence of EVA in Argentina is posing some steadying questions for stud managers in the Northern Hemisphere.
Although at present the outbreak from a warmblood import seems well on its way to being squelched, what would have happened if the 50+ NH stallions had been “in country” when this occurred?
They would have been under house arrest until the international quarantine was lifted and they were allowed to travel abroad without danger of spreading the disease.
How many millions would have been in jeopardy for the sake of a few tens or hundreds of thousands in SH income?
From one stallion alone, the net NH income loss would have been in the range of $8 to $10 million, even if the stallion had consented to cover mares back home.
The combined NH income losses would be staggering in total, and they would represent not only a significant subset of the total NH stallion team but also a broad group of the most popular commercial stallions.
This consideration alone is causing NH stallion farms to carefully consider whether their risks are well placed in the current shuttle economy.
Is this the stroke from left field that pushes AI over the threshold of acceptance?