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AES works with KWPN to make OCD DNA test available

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By Dr. Eva-Maria Broomer / AES
Photography: Dr. Eva-Maria Broomer

For the 2022 season we are delighted to announce a very exciting step in our studbook development aimed at offering our breeders and stallion owners the very best service and state-of-the art support in breeding talented, healthy, and happy equine athletes.

For the 2022 season we are delighted to announce a very exciting step in our studbook development aimed at offering our breeders and stallion owners the very best service and state-of-the art support in breeding talented, healthy, and happy equine athletes.
We are excited to be working with our friends at the KWPN who have been carrying out groundbreaking work in developing reliable breeding values to promote equine health. We are proud to become the first UK studbook to offer a DNA test to determine a horse’s breeding value for osteochondrosis.
According to AES Studbook representative and vice president of the World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses, Dr Eva-Maria Broomer: “We have established an excellent relationship with the KWPN, with whom we are jointly leading the Marketing Department at the WBFSH and with whom we share many key values, such as our desire to promote the breeding of healthy and sound horses capable of enjoying a long and happy career in the sport.
“We are grateful to the KWPN for making this exciting opportunity available to our breeders. Analyses of our studbook database and pedigrees have shown that our breeding lines are close enough to permit reliable testing and calculation of breeding values.”
As breeding is becoming increasingly globalised, with many breeders all over the world using the same bloodlines and everyone sharing the key objectives of promoting equine soundness and health, it makes perfect sense for studbooks to cooperate, for the benefit of everyone.
The test will be available to AES horses of all ages, from foals and youngstock to broodmares and stallions.

How does it work?

The DNA-test requires a hair-sample (with roots) that can be taken by your vet, for example when they microchip your foal and complete the sketch form, or by one of our studbook inspectors or representatives. You will be notified as soon as your results are available, and we will send you a report via email or in the post... To read the complete article you need to be a subscriber

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