The Regulations reinforce the Stud Book’s integrity by limiting breeders to bringing one embryo from a mare to birth each year.
All artificial breeding techniques, except the use of chilled or frozen semen into mare that will carry the pregnancy, will require the advance approval of HRNZ. This is the current regulatory requirement for embryo transfers.
The new Regulations propose allowing the freezing of embryos and their registration with HRNZ. Frozen embryos may be sold and transferred in the same way as a horse.
Horses resulting from cloning, semen sexing, the sexing of embryos and the importation of frozen embryos will not be able to be entered into the NZ Stud Book. Semen sexing is banned by all standardbred jurisdictions.
Vets may perform all breeding techniques. People undertaking artificial insemination will require the approval of HRNZ after being certified competent by a vet, again the current regulations apply.
Comments and submission are welcome to the addresses in the Explanatory Note.