Fight To Retain Frozen Implants Not Yet Over

DESPITE being removed from a draft paper for legislation, the prospect of frozen implant services being an option for breeders remains in question.

Peter Davis

20 April 2022

DESPITE being removed from a draft paper for proposed NSW Department of Primary Industry legislation, the prospect of frozen implant reproductive services being an option for breeders remains in question.

While Minister Dugald Saunders categorically undertook to remove the prospect of banning for Frozen Semen Implants in NSW at a meeting with greyhound participants at Dubbo on February 3, the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) has raised the FSI matter again by means of a members’ forum.

In a leaked extract from the forum, the AVA has members pushing for policy which “bans Sx AI when transcervical insemination (TCI) is available.”

The view on the forum adds that TCI does not suit the greyhound fraternity “because most of the vets who are involved have not upskilled to TCI for various reasons and also the studmasters will not give a free return if a bitch misses.”

Should the AVA press on, it will be choice that is removed from breeders for all canines and not just greyhounds.

Regulatory oversight of the quality of stored ejaculates for surgical frozen implants in all breeds falls short of the required (live, living) semen present for TCI use.

Post thaw, normal living motile sperm is required to be 120 million and above while TCI requirements are 200 million.

Advocates for TCI assert the lesser invasive procedure is a welfare issue and requires no anesthesia. Conversely, some breeding females are anatomically unsuitable for TCI procedures and taking options off the table restricts breeding outcomes.

No doubt, stud masters will resist the prospect of raising the minimum normal living motile sperm which in effect makes one ejaculate less capable of being split (into smaller units).

Not all vets conduct reproductive services and some which offer surgical implants do not offer a TCI option.

A further back story is the vast ‘library’ of frozen semen which has been processed for storage on the 120 million normal living motile sperm requirement. Would that valuable resource be deemed unusable?

No doubt less surgery for all breeding females is a positive but breeders are not engaged in the discussion for the moment and a blindside of sorts looms.

Bureaucratic overreach and personal agenda is on the march.