Contribution of Breeder’s Assocations
All exports must be accompanied by an approval from the breeders’ association concerned. This ensures that only registered stud breeders may be involved in embryo or semen exports. Breeders’ associations also stipulate that donor animals must meet all the breed standards of the breed concerned. This ruling ensures proper quality control of exports.
Export with a special import permit
Exports may also take place provided that the importer can obtain a special import permit. The importing country stipulates the requirements and the importer must first submit a permit before the final negotiations can take place. SA stud breeders may present an existing protocol as an example.
Export of frozen semen
Where a breed has already been established in a country, there should be a sustained demand for the semen of top rams in the RSA. Semen is regarded as a greater health risk than embryos – mainly because semen, unlike embryos, cannot be repeatedly washed. The same testing procedures applied to embryo donors may also be applied to AI rams and “safe” semen can be produced.
Export of live animals
Globally the transport of live animals is considered a great health risk. A quarantine period in an insect free area is usually required. Air transport is expensive, but it is a better option for countries that do not have the technology and management of embryo transfer. Various successful exports of live animals have been undertaken.
Potential importers must continually be urged to exert pressure on their governments to establish an import/export protocol with the RSA, allowing them access to the best breeding material and along a direct, safe route.
Stud breeders must make sure that their breeds remain in the forefront by implementing modern breeding techniques and proper scientific selection methods. Southern Africa must always be the very best source of the unique , world class leading sheep and goat breeds like the Dorper , Dohne Merino , South African Mutton Merino ,Boer goat, Savannah goat and Kalahari Red!