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FROM OUR CORPORATE PARTNERS BREEDING FOR SUCCESS The science of supplementation with Platinum Performance. “In some cases, we were able to obtain pregnancies from mares which had proven to be very difficult in the past.” roper nutrition and supplementation can have a significant impact on the success of your breeding program. Following are a few helpful tips for supporting reproductive health in mares and stallions, and for ensuring the health, proper growth and development of foals: P anti-inflammatory in nature and can have a sig-nificant effect on mare fertility, impacting both the mare's ability to conceive and the health of the foal. BENEFITS OF ANTIOXIDANTS IN MARES MARES Before breeding your mare, make sure she is in the best possible health. Not only will this im-prove the odds of conception, it will also help promote a healthy pregnancy for her and her foal. Supplementation can play a significant role in the success of your mare’s breeding. To exam-ine the effects of omega-3 fatty acids on fertility, researchers at Colorado State University’s Equine Reproduction Laboratory studied mares with a history of suboptimal fertility. After being fed a typical equine diet of hay and commercial feed for six weeks, the pregnancy rate for these mares was 23 percent. When the study was repeated with the same mares receiving 8-16 weeks of supplementation with Platinum Performance’s omega-3 fatty acid rich Platinum Performance® Equine, the pregnancy rates improved by 129 percent. Here’s how supplementing with omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants can support your breeding program: OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS AND MARE FERTILITY Oxidative damage could play a role in low fertil-ity rates due to excessive production of free rad-icals and/or insufficient defenses against oxidative stress. There is increasing evidence for connections between oxidative stress, low oocyte quality and poor fertility rates, and the positive effects of supplementation with antioxidants. MARE STUDY—THE SCIENCE BEHIND THE SUPPLEMENTS Platinum Performance® Equine is a comprehensive total health formula. Recommended for broodmares and stallions. Increased concentrations of markers associated with chronic inflammation are purported to be predictors of infertility and spontaneous loss of pregnancy in mares. Omega-3 fatty acids are In a recent research study performed at Colorado State University, pregnancy rates improved by 129 percent in sub fertile mares after six weeks of supplementation with Platinum Perform-ance® Equine. •Mares in the study were sub fertile, and had an average age of 20 years. •Mares were switched to a diet of high quality hay supplemented with Platinum Perform-ance® Equine for 8-16 weeks. •Eggs were harvested and transferred to recip-ient mares, with a 129 percent increase in pregnancy rates. “We were happy with the reproductive suc-cess that was obtained while using Platinum Performance. In some cases, we were able to obtain pregnancies from mares which had proven to be very difficult in the past.” -Elaine M. Carnevale, DVM, PhD Colorado State University

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BREEDING FOR SUCCESS

The science of supplementation with Platinum Performance.

Proper nutrition and supplementation can have a significant impact on the success of your breeding program. Following are a few helpful tips for supporting reproductive health in mares and stallions, and for ensuring the health, proper growth and development of foals:

MARES
Before breeding your mare, make sure she is in the best possible health. Not only will this improve the odds of conception, it will also help promote a healthy pregnancy for her and her foal. Supplementation can play a significant role in the success of your mare's breeding. To examine the effects of omega-3 fatty acids on fertility, researchers at Colorado State University's Equine Reproduction Laboratory studied mares with a history of suboptimal fertility. After being fed a typical equine diet of hay and commercial feed for six weeks, the pregnancy rate for these mares was 23 percent. When the study was repeated with the same mares receiving 8-16 weeks of supplementation with Platinum Performance's omega-3 fatty acid rich Platinum Performance® Equine, the pregnancy rates improved by 129 percent. Here's how supplementing with omega- 3 fatty acids and antioxidants can support your breeding program:

OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS AND MARE FERTILITY
Increased concentrations of markers associated with chronic inflammation are purported to be predictors of infertility and spontaneous loss of pregnancy in mares. Omega-3 fatty acids are anti-inflammatory in nature and can have a significant effect on mare fertility, impacting both the mare's ability to conceive and the health of the foal.

BENEFITS OF ANTIOXIDANTS IN MARES
Oxidative damage could play a role in low fertility rates due to excessive production of free radicals and/or insufficient defenses against oxidative stress. There is increasing evidence for connections between oxidative stress, low oocyte quality and poor fertility rates, and the positive effects of supplementation with antioxidants.

MARE STUDY–THE SCIENCE BEHIND THE SUPPLEMENTS
In a recent research study performed at Colorado State University, pregnancy rates improved by 129 percent in sub fertile mares after six weeks of supplementation with Platinum Performance ® Equine.

•Mares in the study were sub fertile, and had an average age of 20 years.
•Mares were switched to a diet of high quality hay supplemented with Platinum Performance ® Equine for 8-16 weeks.
•Eggs were harvested and transferred to recipient mares, with a 129 percent increase in pregnancy rates.

"We were happy with the reproductive success that was obtained while using Platinum Performance. In some cases, we were able to obtain pregnancies from mares which had proven to be very difficult in the past."

-Elaine M. Carnevale, DVM, PhD Colorado State University

STALLIONS
The success and longevity of a breeding stallion's career depends a great deal on the quality of his semen. This is especially true in an age in which cryogenically preserved semen can mean years of foal crops beyond a stallion's live breeding career. What can a stallion owner do to improve a stallion's semen quality? Supplementation of a stallion's diet with omega-3 fatty acids, particularly DHA, can have powerful effects on fertility.

SUPPLEMENTING FOR IMPROVED SEMEN QUALITY AND MOTILITY
The quality of a stallion's semen plays a major role in fertility and reproduction, and can be supported by providing omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and Carnitine:

BENEFITS OF OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS, SPECIFICALLY DHA
Supports membrane fluidity, which is believed to aid in motility and fusion, and helps maintain membrane integrity and protect against cellular damage initiated by stresses such as cooling or cryopreservation.

THE ROLE OF ANTIOXIDANTS
Excess free radicals can induce oxidative damage to lipid membranes and DNA and have a negative impact on fertility. It has been suggested that dietary intake of antioxidants and their incorporation into the lipid membrane provides better protection against oxidative damage than the addition of antioxidants directly to semen.

THE POSITIVE EFFECT OF CARNITINE
Carnitine is critical for fertility, as it controls many sperm metabolic functions such as maturation and energy metabolism. Supplementation of Carnitine to stallions with suboptimal fertility characteristics helps maintain progressive motility and morphologically normal sperm.

STALLION STUDY–THE SCIENCE BEHIND THE SUPPLEMENTS
Results of a recent 14-week study showed that DHA supplementation, like that found in Platinum Potency®, protected against some of the sperm-damaging effects generally seen with cooling and freezing.

"Studies in our laboratory have demonstrated that omega-3 fatty acids can improve both 'coolability' and 'freezability' of stallion semen, based on evaluation of sperm motion characteristics. We prefer Platinum Potency for this purpose, as this product contains antioxidants as well as a good source of omega-3 fatty acids"
-Dickson D. Varner, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACT Texas A&M University.

CASE STUDY: CLAIBORNE FARM

"We had two barns of barren mares last breeding season. One barn was given Platinum Performance Equine, and one was not."

• Mares fed in a routine fashion had a pregnancy rate of 85.7 percent (18 of 21 mares were successfully bred).
• 100 percent of mares supplemented with Platinum Performance® Equine (19 of 19) were successfully bred.

"Each and every mare is important for us to get into foal. We also saw these mares dapple out and stay healthy despite shipping to various farms throughout breeding season. In addition, we have chosen to put all our sale yearlings on it starting in January, to help ensure that the colts are healthy, well-conditioned and perform best during the sales in September. Essentially, we choose Platinum because it works."

- Charles Scoggin, DVM, MS
Resident Veterinarian, Claiborne Farm, Paris, KY

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