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Top 5 Advantages of Automated Semen Analysis using the QwikCheck Gold Equine

Thursday, February 16, 2017
ACCURACY – Sperm doses can be optimized to maximize fertility rates by having a more accurate method of semen analysis. When dosing by “Progressively Motile Sperm” in particular there is a wide range of variability between different Horses and between different collections of the same Horse. The QwikCheck™ Gold accurately accounts for these variations and allows the user to prepare doses accordingly. In some cases more progressively motile sperm may be needed to create an optima dose. In other cases you may get more doses than expected from a stronger ejaculate.  In either case, the dose will contain the correct amount of sperm giving you the ability to “fine tune” your dosing targets.  On the back end having accurate Quality Control will allow you to track sperm quality variation from different Horses after the semen is extended and/or cooled. Motility loss can then be accounted for correctly in the initial dosing process. Here is a practical example from Stephane Robillard (, Breeding Manager at Rock Creek Arabians:

Historical Pregnancy Rates (Prior to using the QwikCheck™Gold Equine for dosing)
• 2010 May‐June‐July per cycle = 53.1%
• 2011 May‐June‐July per cycle = 50.5%
• 2012 May‐June‐July per cycle = 47.3%
• Three Year Average = 50.3%

Pregnancy Rate using the QwikCheck™Gold Equine exclusively for the season
• 2013 May‐June‐July per cycle = 64.8%
• Pregnancy rate increase using the QwikCheck™ Gold was 14.5% per cycle.

OBJECTIVITY – No matter who runs the QwikCheck™Gold the results will be the same. With something as subjective and challenging as semen analysis, standardizing each part of the process can improve your breeding program. Motility and velocity in particular are often estimated and opinions can vary as to what is considered “motile” vs. “progressively motile”. With the QwikCheck™ Gold you have an objective system for assessing and quantifying your semen collections.  The instrument is easy to learn and operate which gives you “peace of mind” knowing doses are being produced
correctly regardless of the operator’s experience. 

DOSING INTERFACE –This sophisticated but easy to use interface allows the user to set up dosing parameters based on total sperm, motile sperm, or progressively motile sperm. Concentration ranges can be set to ensure optimal dose stability. After testing a raw sample, a simple “YES” initiates the dosing interface. Precise instructions are provided on how to extend the sample for a single dose or per ejaculate, covering all relevant dosing scenarios. 

QUALITY CONTROL – You can confirm semen quality after extending the sample and before shipping or insemination takes place. With the QwikCheck™Gold, the same objective process is used to both create the dose the sample ensuring a high quality end product. Having reliable QC also allows for accurate monitoring of a Horses relative sperm quality in relation to time, extender type, preparation technique, and other variables.

REPORTING / ARCHIVING – A high quality label printer is included with the instrument. The label lists all reported parameters, dosing information, and QC information. The label can be used on the dose when shipping semen to identify the quality of the product, added to reports, or otherwise kept on file. The system also includes an Excel based archiving program so all data can be stored, sorted, and customized as necessary on a PC.

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