DR. QUINN GAVAGA was born and raised on a farm in Springfield Manitoba. He graduated from the University of Manitoba Faculty of Agriculture in 2000 and from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. His main interest is in equine medicine and reproduction. Dr. Gavaga invented and patented a new technology in embryo transfer called Direct Visual Embryo Retrieval and Exchange DVERE (link), which will be available commercially in 2021.

Dr. Gavaga and his wife Arna enjoy time with their daughters competing in rodeo and breeding performance quarter horses and purebred black angus cattle on their ranch in Ashcroft, British Columbia.

Breeding

Breeding programs are more than just putting two animals together to produce offspring. Each generation must supercede the previous and bring improvement to the breed. It is the duty of a breeder to keep this focus. Breeding is a balance between phenotype and genotype. We describe phenotype as the visual characteristics of that animal; conformation, balance, structure, capacity and temperament. We describe genotype mainly as production characteristics. For horses these are measured as abilities to learn and perform. We place very close attention to all of these qualities.

The enjoyment for us is the patience and time it takes to produce a quality animal from selecting the breeding to a finished product of that breeding. Breeding is a lifetime goal and does not happen quickly. We are not in it for the short term and as the saying goes, ‘we have nothing but time’.