Committee looking at “frozen semen rights retention permits”

You may have noticed that AQHA has instituted a new rule allowing stallion owners to retain the right to use frozen semen obtained from a horse while it was under their ownership, even after the horse has been sold. The ownership of retained semen rights permits may be transferred. The rules for transfer of ownership of a horse would apply to semen rights permits, except the request to transfer ownership of the permit is accompanied by the permit instead of the certificate of registration.

ApHC is considering a similar rule, partly to address the needs of breeders in other countries. It would probably have a significant impact on U.S. breeders as well. Cattle breed groups have been utilizing retained semen rights and certificates for quite some time, with apparent success.

What do you think?


  1. ann jentz Said,

    January 24, 2007 @ 1:24 pm

    This is an idea which is overdue. Glad you are working on this issue.

  2. Norman Said,

    January 30, 2007 @ 10:35 am

    There is only one problem that I can see about that. What if the stallion owner sells their frozen semen to breeders at a lower cost than the new owners of the stallion? There could be a bidding war with the cost of the semen. There may have to be a stipulation that the previous owner can only breed his/her mares with the frozen semen that is retained. It could do a new stallion owner harm with breeding if the previous owner sells the frozen semen. Otherwise, I am glad that we are trying to keep up with the times and growing as an organization!

  3. Tracy Meisenbach Said,

    February 9, 2007 @ 4:15 pm

    It’s a great idea and could have been put in place two years ago when it was first suggested. The AQHA plan is workable, but does have quite a few bugs, which will result in further modifications to the AQHA rules. The format I had ready to present last year gave much more control to the ApHC over the actual semen and embryo counts.
    I hope they will work to get this in place quickly, we needed it yesterday.

  4. Jill Said,

    April 2, 2007 @ 9:27 am

    Wy not just put a limit on how much can be kept?

  5. Steve Said,

    April 2, 2007 @ 10:30 am

    Fair question, but I’m not sure how we’d track it. Our best option is probably to continue requiring appropriate documentation for each breeding and registration.

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