Vets & Embryo Clinics
BERRAGOON EQUINE BREEDERS
Berragoon Equine Breeders in owned and operated by Charlie and Sara Grills and Debbie Mills. All three have had a life long commitment to breeding and competing horses. Enthusiasts for both Stock Horse and Polocrosse activities, both Charlie and Sara are accredited State Level Polo Crosse coaches and have both competed at Nationals Level. Debbie has worked extensively with the artificial breeding of cattle and currently works with Holbrook Veterinary Centre and Holbrook Breeders Australia.
Berragoon Equine Breeders is a reproduction facility designed to make artificial breeding easy and accessible for any interested horse owner. Owners of promising or superior female seed stock that are currently competing are able to breed progeny from that mare without taking her out of the competitive circuit. Breeders of valuable foals sold once yearly, are now able to produce multiple foals out of that valuable mare in one year. Horse enthusiasts are now able to purchase embryos out of their favourite stallion/mare combination.
Berragoon Equine Breeders will manage all these artificial breeding steps for you. Berragoon will manage vendors mare, complete all embryo and flushing proceedures to the specified stallion of buyers choice. They will then transplant the embryos into recipient mares and have the pregnant package available to buyer and well maintained donor mare available to owner.
GOLBURN VALLEY EQUINE HOSPITAL
GVE hospital is a centre for both routine and specialist care. It is also a referral centre for many veterinarians with difficult or unusual problems. The hospital, which is situated just north of Shepparton on the Goulburn Valley Highway, is in a unique position in central Victoria and routinely attracts cases from all around Victoria and southern NSW. However horse people are very discerning and we have had horses travel from Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and Western Australia and even from New Zealand.
In 2008, over 1000 surgeries were performed under general anaesthesia and over 1400 horses were radiographed. The practice services around 2500 broodmares (~ 65:35 Thoroughbred and Standardbred) for routine work. In addition frozen semen is held from over 250 stallions and more then 220 embryo transfers were performed in the season 2008. The hospital has a research/recipient herd of 300 mares. We have been so busy in the ET department that we have bought another 200 acres to mange the large number of horses.
GVE management of reproductive problems in mares and stallions using advanced technology is recognised as being in the forefront of this field world-wide. Every year GVE present scientific papers both locally and internationally on their research in this area.
Some of the procedures and services on offer are:
- Embryo Transfer.
- Evaluation and treatment of subfertile or problem broodmares.
- Artificial insemination (AI) of fresh, cooled or frozen semen
- Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)
- Semen/stallion evaluation
- Freezing semen
- Quarantine facility for semen export
- Monitoring high risk pregnant mares
- Reproductive surgery