Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: How much semen should I freeze?

  • A: Frozen semen preserves your stud dog’s genetic contribution for use in the future, for use by other breeders, and as insurance should an unfortunate illness or accident befall your stud. Ideally, we recommend, if you have the opportunity and means to freeze semen, try to freeze enough to build an inventory sufficient for all 3 of the above purposes. This may mean 5-10 breeding units for your own use or as insurance and 20 or more breeding units for sale to others or future use.
  • Q: How is the semen stored?

  • A: Semen is stored in specifically designed liquid nitrogen cryogenic tanks similar to a vacuum flask. Our semen storage tanks are located on site and are accessed daily. All tanks are stored in a secure lock-up site and liquid nitrogen is topped up as required to maintain the stable temperature within the tank.
  • Q: How long does Frozen Semen last?

  • A: Researchers tell us that frozen semen has an indefinite lifespan, providing correct storage and handling procedures have been maintained.
  • Q: Can I transport semen to and from other countries?

  • A: Semen can be transported to and from most countries throughout the world providing correct quarantine requirements are met. Most countries have specific blood testing and vaccination requirements that must be performed prior to the freezing and importation of frozen semen. Sires On Ice maintains a database of these requirements that enable us to streamline the process on your behalf.
  • Q: How is semen transported?

  • A: Sires On Ice transports your frozen semen in specifically designed cryogenic liquid nitrogen dry vapor tanks/shippers which provide the maximum possible safety throughout the shipping process.