THE champion is back to his best.
That’s the good news to emanate from Club Menangle as it looks to keep breeders “in the loop” with its’ star stallion Lazarus.
Following a marvellous breeding season in North America which saw the champion pacer achieve an “in-foal” figure of more than 80 per cent, Club Menangle had been extra diligent in monitoring the progress of Lazarus on his arrival in Australia on the back of a challenging first season in the Southern Hemisphere.
The vets monitoring Lazarus in quarantine upon his arrival Down Under, identified a temperature spike.
While this was quickly addressed, it did raise concerns as to the potential impact on semen production.
The ongoing comprehensive monitoring confirmed these fears with tests showing the deterioration in the morphology of the semen samples.
The status of the stallion’s morphology was shared with owners of mares, which had been booked to Lazarus, in order to keep faith and ensure transparency.
As part of the ongoing monitoring plan, a semen sample has been forwarded to Dr Angus McKinnon at Goulburn Valley Equine Hospital daily, following each collection.
That ensured a comprehensive understanding of any change in the status of the morphology of his semen.
Happily, the current readings show almost a full return to the morphology levels which were attained in North America and documented by the University of Texas.
Despite the late return to acceptable morphology readings, Lazarus has achieved a 47 per cent of “in-foal” scanned mares.
The figure of 47 per cent needs to be understood as it included the early negatives while the morphology was sub-optimal.
That percentage is now improving all the time.
With current results now tracking where you would expect, given the return to better morphology levels, shipments are being forwarded to New Zealand and Western Australia.
Club Menangle was obviously keen to update the standardbred breeding industry in Australia and New Zealand on the improved results.
Should breeders have a fertile mare and are contemplating sending their mare to Lazarus before he returns to North America, contact should be made with Yirribee Stud.
Club Menangle and Yirribee Stud wish all owners of mares best wishes for a successful result in 2021.
“This year has brought significant challenges to broodmare owners and studs and we trust you can be rewarded with healthy foals in 2021,” said Club Menangle Chief Executive Bruce Christison.