Know what you pay. Each time, every time! Transparency is crucial to us. That is why we handle a clear pricing policy so you can have full confidence in your investment. Our Mares are divided into 3 groups, bronze, silver and gold, each representing a price.
Mares or Macha offers an optional 'no pregnancy, no pay' warranty. In this option we help to organize the implantation of your MoM frozen embryo. The price for this warranty comes at a 40% surcharge on your purchase price of the embryo. Until the 45th day of gestation, there are no costs or risks: if the recipient mare does not appear to be pregnant on this day, you get a full refund of both the purchase price of the frozen embryo and the warranty. The implantation of an embryo with this option is done exclusively by ETC Hans Smet, Drongen (Belgium), whereby a cost of € 2,800.00 (excl. VAT) is charged for the lease of a recipient mare in case of a positive pregnancy check on the 45th day.
Insure with Catherine de Buyl Horse Insurance. Would you like to insure your embryo but you don’t feel like going through the entire process? No problem! Just tick the insurance box and we will get you an ensured embryo. This insurance covers all risks of destruction / death of the embryo before, during and after the implantation. Insurance against death of the unborn foal during pregnancy of the mare and the risk of death of the new born foal till 120 days after birth.
An embryo is the result of the successful fertilisation of a female ovum or egg and a male sperm cell. A veterinarian collects an ovum from the mare using the OPU (Ovum Pick Up) technique. Then a sperm cell is injected into the ovum under very strict conditions in a laboratory, using specialised microscopic techniques. After approximately 7 days, the success of this fertilisation is determined and if successful, the embryo is frozen to a temperature of -197°C with liquid nitrogen.
MoM's frozen embryos are stored in two locations. The first is in Italy, where the mares and laboratory are located. The frozen embryos are subsequently transported to the ‘De Morette’ Equine Reproduction Centre in Belgium. This reproduction centre complies with all European regulations and is certified for the storage of frozen embryos. Embryos are shipped to their new owners from this centre.
Yes, your frozen embryo may remain at MoM until 6 months after the date of payment.
At the end of the online order process, you will receive an invoice. You can pay for your order using a normal money transfer. Once your payment has been received, the ownership of the frozen embryo will be transferred to you.
We partner with HippoXpress for the shipping of our frozen embryos. HippoXpress vans fitted with special coolers deliver our embryos to the following countries: France, Denmark, Austria, the United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Hungary and Poland.
MoM will pay for the transport of your MoM frozen embryo, as long as this is within the normal scope of activities for HippoXpress. The new owner must pay for any special shipping arrangements such as air transport.
It is a common practice to sex an embryo to try and discover the gender. Everyone has his or her own preference. However, it is MoM's very strict company policy not to sex its embryos. This is supported by Avantea and noted on the certificate of authenticity. We do not know the gender of any of our frozen embryos.
If you opt for the ‘no pregnancy no pay’ option, we will take care of the entire procedure for you in partnership with Dr. Med. Vet. Hans Smet. Other specialised veterinarians can also perform this procedure.
Yes, you can insure a frozen embryo. At the end of the order process, you can opt to insure it with Catherine De Buyl Horse Insurance. This insurance covers the frozen embryo during storage, implantation, pregnancy of the recipient mare, birth and the first 120 days after birth. What’s more, the insured value of your newborn foal will double 48 hours after the issuing of the birth certificate.
In consultation with our partner, Dr. Med. Vet. Hans Smet, we advise you to implant your frozen embryo between March 1st and July 31th. You can also implant the frozen embryo later, of course, but procedures performed within this period have the best chance of success.
ICSI is the abbreviation for IntraCytoplasmic Sperm Injection, meaning that a sperm is injected directly into an egg to achieve fertilisation.
OPU is the abbreviation for Ovum Pick-Up, the collection of eggs from a mare.
In the process of creating an embryo, OPU comes first. The veterinary team performs an Ovum Pick-Up or in other words, collect eggs from a mare. After an examination to determine the best eggs, these are fertilised with sperm. This process is called ICSI.
An OPU/ICSI embryo is the result of fertilisation of an egg with sperm in a laboratory. The successfully fertilised embryo is then frozen using liquid nitrogen. A flushed embryo is conceived inside the uterus of a mare and then flushed out of the uterus, upon which it is directly implanted into a recipient mare.
Every frozen embryo from the Avantea laboratory is certified by an official document with a unique identification code, the names and Unique Equine Life Numbers of both the dam and the sire and the embryo's date of production. Avantea holds UNI EN 9001:2015 quality certification.
After payment you will receive the embryo production certificate with the unique code of the purchased embryo. This embryo production certificate, together with the proof of payment of the invoice, determines your ownership of the purchased frozen embryo.
MoM frozen embryos are divided into 3 price categories; bronze, silver and gold. Bronze embryos cost EUR 7,750 excl. VAT Silver embryos cost EUR 10,000 excl. VAT Gold embryos cost EUR 25,000 excl. VAT For embryos sired by the stallion Chacco-Blue, there is a surcharge of EUR 3,000 excl. VAT If buying 5 embryos at once, there is a 10% discount on the total price.
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Yes, you can. If buying 5 embryos at once, there is a 10% discount on the total price.
We’re happy to see that you are considering your mare as a potential MoM. Contact email@example.com to find out if your mare is eligible to become a MoM.
We categorise the mares based on their own performance, their offspring and their dam line.
No, this is not necessary. MoM takes care of all stud fees and guarantees that there will be no additional costs after you have completed the payment of your order.
No, we offer frozen embryos only.