MERC Fees

Standard Mare Breeding Programs (Natural or AI)

  • MERC invoices breeding cycles differently to most breeding centres. To allow clients to budget, MERC uses a flat rate per cycle. This allows use of as many scans, medications, & treatments as are required for the best possible result. Regardless of how many days the mare is in season for, the devlopment of her follicle, or the number of scans required during her AI prgram, the fee remains the same.
  • Price includes all drugs used in a standard preparation, ultrasound examinations throughout the oestrus cycle as required, agistment during estrus, insemination, 16 day pregnancy scan and 45 day pregnancy day scan. GST also included.
  • Price is charged on a per cycle basis irrespective of result.
  • All communications with the stallion owners and vet are taken care of to make the process as easy as possible for the mare owner.
  • Mare owners need to sort their stud booking with their chosen stallion then complete a “MARE BOOKING FORM” and submit or email it in and the rest will be organised for them.
  • In a normal healthy mare in the unusual event where the mare does not become pregnant after 2 cycles the third cycle will be at no charge
  • Fees (Inclusive of GST)
    • Chilled or Fresh Insemination program - $700
    • Frozen Semen Insemination program - $900
    • Natural Service preparation - $550

Embryo Transfer Programs

  • Price is additional to Mare preparation for either: Natural service, Chilled insemination or frozen insemination.
  • Price includes preparation and selection of recipients for the embryo(s), all drugs and materials used in the flushing of the donor mare, and if required all drugs and materials used to transplant the recipient mare. GST also included.
  • It is important that at each step of the transfer process the result cannot be guaranteed and the price is not dependant on outcome.
  • Fee is in addition to Breeding program
    • Embryo recovery flush from donor mare $550
    • Embryo processing and transfer to selected recipient $440

Recipient Mare Rental

  • Price is additional to Mare Preparation and Embryo Transfer Program
  • All MERC recipient mares have current Hendra vaccination status at the time of discharge to embryo owner. Maintenance of this immunity is at the discretion and cost of the embryo owner.
  • Price includes use of the recipient mare while pregnant and lactating. Also includes weekly ultrasound examinations for the first 6 weeks, all treatments, routine care and agistment up to 42 day positive scan.
  • Transport of the mare after 42 days and return transport costs are not included and will be the responsibility of the foal owner.
  • Mare is to be returned to MERC after weaning the foal
  • It is expected that the mare will receive regular worming and hoof care while on rental at the expense of the foal owner. GST also included.
  • Fee - $2750

Embryo Transfer Summary

  1. Breeding (Natural $550, Chilled AI $700 or Frozen AI $900) per cycle
  2. Embryo Recovery $550
  3. Embryo Transfer to recipient mare $440
  4. Recipient Mare rental -Applies on positive 42 day scan - $2750

Stallion Collection for Chilled Semen AI

  • Price includes provision of a jump mare for collection, collection of the stallion’s semen, semen extender, professional processing the semen and preparation for shipment of a single inseminatory dose of chilled semen, semen shipper hire, and next day quality assurance testing of shipped samples.
  • Price is per shipped dose of semen and irrespective of how many collections are required to make up that shipment or of how many shipments are processed per collection.
  • Mare owners need to book at least 7 days in advance of beginning breeding programs by submitting an emailed “STALLION BOOKING FORM”. This includes freight details to allow a freight quote to be prepared.
  • Freight is in addition to fees and will be quoted and organised using MERC chosen Freight Company for the delivery area.
  • Full payment including freight must be received before collection
  • Fees
    • Single dose semen shipment $297 (plus freight)
    • Short Notice Chilled semen Collection (no booking received prior to day of collection) $400
    • Freight – varies depending on delivery address.

Stallion Collection and Freezing

  • Price includes provision of a jump mare for collection, collection of the stallion’s semen, semen extender, professional processing the semen and freezing, thawing and motility assessments of each collection.
    • Stallion owners must understand that the number of doses able to be frozen per collection varies between stallions.
    • It is normal that the first 2 collections will not result in stored doses but rather be used to assess stallion freezability and compatibility with freezing techniques.
    • Fees
      •  $550 per collection.

Hendra Virus

  • MERC recommends all horses agisted at MERC have current Hendra vaccination status
  • Unvaccinated mares are accepted at MERC but in the unlikely event of a hendra case at MERC or on a neighbouring property, those horses that are not protected may be quarantined by the government departments that manage these situations.
  • Horses that are not vaccinated may be vaccinated on arrival at a cost of $110
  • Microchipping ($40) is compulsory for horses receiving the Hendra vaccination