Quality services: Outback Equine Reproduction specializes in quality reproductive work for performance horses
Outback Equine Reproduction and Embryo Transfer Services started small over 20 years ago at Nick and Jennifer Kalafatic’s home. What originally started on five acres has grown into the largest recipient mare herd in the Northwest.
Over the years, Outback has continued to grow their facility and services offered with the latest procedures and techniques available in equine reproduction.
“Over the years, we have constantly adapted the business to the growing needs of the industry, getting us to where we currently are today,” says a team of personnel at Outback.
“We have been fortunate to see continued growth since the early years, which has allowed us to grow our facility and services offered,” says the team. “We do, however, hope to always provide specialized, high quality services for our clients with personalized customer service.”
Outback offers a wide range of services for each aspect of a breeding program. Mare services offered are artificial insemination (AI), onsite embryo transfer and shipped embryo transfer with a large recipient herd, oocyte transfer, embryo freezing, mare breeding soundness exams, mare management, monitored foaling, year-round mare care and sub-fertile mare management.
Stallion services offered by Outback include semen collection and freezing, shipping and receiving, fresh, cooled and frozen semen evaluations and stallion breeding soundness exams.
Earlier in 2020, Nick and Jennifer partnered with additional veterinarians from the Idaho Equine Hospital to keep up with the needs of the growing business. Also, new to Outback Equine Reproduction this year is a Priefert Free Walker, which allows horses to stay in top physical condition during their time at Outback so they are ready to go directly back into competition.
“We have found this to be a wonderful tool. So many of the mares we work on are performance horses,” shares the team. “We have a program for every level of equine athlete.”
Herd and facilities
In 2006, Outback began offering embryo transfer services, but had to ship the embryos to other facilities. Now, Outback holds over 400 recipient mares at their facility.
“Outback is fortunate enough to have onsite access to some of the largest recipient mare herds in the Northwest, making the embryo transfer process both smooth and efficient,” says the team. “Each of the recipient mares are hand-selected to best match the donor mare.”
Facilities at Outback boast box stalls, foal-out stalls, 12 by 24 feet covered pens, large outdoor pens with shelters and pastures that can comfortably` house each clients’ mares.
Stallions offered at the facility include PG Dry Fire, Our Dry Fling, Magicality, Very Smart Remedy, SDP Matador and Our Fearless Fame.
“As we continue to grow, we are constantly looking at new ways to improve and mold our business to meet our clients’ needs,” shares the team at Outback. “It is important to us to not get so big that we lose the personal touch and relationship we have with our clients.”
Visit outbackreproduction.com for more information.
Averi Hales is the editor for the Wyoming Livestock Roundup. Send comments on this article to firstname.lastname@example.org.