Stallion SPM-20 is a natural supplement for stallions created to aid fertility. Stallion SPM-20 is the product of a two-year research collaboration between Blue Chip Feed, the internationally renowned equine feed specialists, and Stallion AI Services Ltd, the UK’s leading stallion semen collection centre.
Stallion SPM-20 aids sperm motility and velocity, ensuring that the sperm travel quickly through the mare’s reproductive system to the oocyte (egg). Stallion SPM-20 aids sperm viability, ensuring that the sperm cell membrane remains intact throughout it’s journey through the mare’s reproductive system to the oocyte (egg).
Stallion SPM-20 has been created to meet the specific needs of breeding stallions. Stallion SPM-20 is made with the highest quality ingredients using only organic/chelated minerals where possible ensuring optimal absorption and utilisation.
Stallion SPM-20’s active ingredients include: Organic Selenium, L-Carnitine, Nucleotides, Yucca and Antioxidants.
Throughout product testing, improvements have been seen on both fertile and sub-fertile stallions alike.
Blue Chip, the internationally renowned equine feed specialists, and Stallion AI Services Ltd, the UK’s leading stallion semen collection centre, have been working closely for the last two years to develop a feed supplement which provides a combination of active ingredients to aid stallion fertility.
Providing a balanced diet is imperative to breeding stallions, not only for fertility but also for the overall wellbeing of the horses. Breeding stallions differ in their nutritional needs, particularly when you are feeding for fertility. Nutrients such as organic Selenium, L-Carnitine, Nucleotides, Yucca and Antioxidants have been widely researched in isolation for their beneficial properties on stallion fertility. It is with this in mind that a trial supplement was then developed to include all of these active ingredients to meet the specific needs of breeding stallions. Organic Selenium and fruit-derived Vitamin E work in synergy to aid sperm motility and structure and promote cells from free radical damage. Fruit-derived Vitamin E is particularly beneficial as it is 4-6 times more bio-available than synthetic forms found in most feed and supplements. Organic Selenium was used in the trial product to improve absorbability and L-Carnitine an amino acid that shown to help with mitochondrial fat metabolism in sperm was included to help sperm motility. Nucleotides were added to the formulation as they are essential for DNA and RNA replication which is important for sperm cell reproduction as well as cell health, and promoting a healthy immune system. To help blood flow to the testis of breeding stallions Yucca a natural product that prevents inflammation was also added to the formulation.
The two-year research study conducted by Stallion AI Services used a sample group of both fertile and sub-fertile stallions which were fed the specifically designed stallion supplement over a six month period, in conjunction with their existing diet. Throughout the six month trial period semen samples were collected and processed for fresh, chilled and frozen artificial insemination (AI).
The samples were assessed for motility (%PLM), velocity and longevity. In addition, measurements of concentration and overall viability were carried out using a NucleoCounter SP-100. Fluorescent microscopy was also used to calculate the % live and the overall morphology of the sample.
During the two-year study the active ingredients found in Stallion SPM-20 have demonstrated the following increases:
- Sperm motility by up to 20%
- Sperm velocity by up to 33%
- Overall sperm viability by up to 24%
Stallion SPM-20 can be used on semen for fresh, chilled and frozen AI.
Throughout product testing, Stallion SPM-20 has helped aid both fertile and sub-fertile stallions.
Figure 1 illustrates an average result of the sample group’s raw percentage progressive linear motility over time. The most commonly used measure of semen quality is sperm motility, specifically “progressive motility”, Determining progressive motility subjectively involves visually scanning several fields of motile sperm under a microscope and estimating the percentage of the population that are moving in a progressive fashion.
Figure 2 illustrates an average result of the sample group’s velocity over time. The velocity or speed at which sperm travel is measured subjectively and scored on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being poor and 5 being excellent, the recognised minimum industry standard is a velocity score of 3.
Figure 3 illustrates an average result of the sample group’s viability over time. The sperm viability or, more accurately, sperm cell membrane integrity was calculated using the NucleoCounter SP-100 which has been validated for measuring stallion sperm concentration and viability. The assay determines penetration of fluorescent dye into spermatozoa through porous membranes or its exclusion from spermatozoa with intact membranes.
Throughout the study the trial supplement demonstrated a number of beneficial results which aided stallion fertility. The trial supplement helped to increase sperm motility and promoted cell membrane integrity thus aiding the sperm in tolerating conditions within the mares uterus, particularly following natural covering, as well as withstanding the processing techniques associated with preparing semen for fresh, chilled and frozen artificial insemination. Stallions that produce semen with both good motility and viability, compared with stallions with lower quality semen have the best chance of successfully getting the mare in foal.
It will be of great advantage to stallions worldwide to be fed a revolutionary product that has been specifically formulated to help their fertility.