Recent declines in stud fees aren't likely to continue in 2012, according to several prominent stallion farms. An informal Blood-Horse survey suggests farms believe they've given breeders a good chance to make money and will keep fees level:
“As far as stud fees for 2012, my prediction would lean toward everything being a bit status quo,” said Eric Hamelback, general manager of Adena Springs Kentucky. “There are some stallions, obviously, that could justify an increase. But most stallion farms aren't going to rock the boat because breeders now are happy they can afford to breed to good stallions.”
“Ben Taylor, vice president of Taylor Made Stallions, predicted that stud fees would hold steady overall next year.”
“I think they will probably stabilize because breeders' costs are back in line,” he said. “You can buy a mare for $50,000 that you might have given $100,000 for in the past. Then you can breed her to a stallion for $12,500 or $15,000 that would have cost $30,000.”
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