The 2013 Therio Conference is coming up next week. We will have a booth at the conference this year. It is being held at the Seelbach Hotel in downtown Louisville, Kentucky. For details on the conference, visit www.therio.org/events.
Hope to see you there!
County and state fair season is upon us. We wish our best to all of our Reproduction Resources customers this fair season in the showing and performance of your animals. Here’s hoping that your season brings fun and friendship and learning, and that all of you have a safe, good time.
It has now been six years since our acquisition of Equine Breeding Supply, Inc. (since the retirement of the Dyers). The EBS Breeding Mount and all of its related parts and supplies continue to be readily available for our equine customers. For those not aware, we have also expanded on some of the EBS line of products relating to the stallion breeding mount and collection supplies, including additional artificial vagina sizes, additional mount accessories, and additional extender supplies.
Please do not hesitate to call our offices (800) 331-0195 with any questions, comments, or to place an order. We’re happy to help!
Here are just a few tips to keep your latex AV liners and cones in top condition.
1. When you take your liners out of the box, it is recommended by the manufacturer to clean and prepare them for use, first. They should be thoroughly cleaned. Turn the liner inside out and wash it with warm water and a mild detergent (a chlorhexidine solution diluted with water works great). Rinse off the detergent or any residue and allow the liner(s) to soak in hot tap water for 60 minutes followed by rinsing with distilled water and a final rinse with 70% isopropyl alcohol. Allow to dry completely.
2. Storage. The top environmental enemies to natural latex products are heat and light. When not in use, store the liners in a cool, dark place. A paper bag in a refrigerator is ideal. With larger liners, a paper bag in a cellar or similar steady-temperature dark place works well. Avoid sealing them up in a plastic bag.
3. Usage. The number one culprit for getting nicks and cuts in latex liners (which then spread, causing larger tears) is the human fingernail when stretching the liner over the end of the AV. To avoid this, put on a pair of cheap wrist gloves before prepping the AV to keep your fingernails from coming into direct contact with the liner.
These tips will all help you get the most out of your liners — extending their useful life to the fullest, and saving you the expense of replacement.