has fully qualified A.I. Technician on site full time
Stud has become one of the first UK Pony Studs to have a fully
qualified A.I. Technician on site full time. In 2001 The Department
of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) announced that
they were to license appropriately trained people for the use
of Artificial Insemination in horses. The farming industry has
long employed trained A.I. Technicians for inseminating cattle
but until now insemination of equines had to be done by a Veterinary
Surgeon. DEFRA accordingly approved certain centres for training
technicians one of which was the Twemlows Stallion Centre in Shropshire.
We are delighted to announce that Pat Mather a Partner in The
Pickmere Stud attended one of the first training courses and has
passed both her written and practical exams becoming one of the
first fully qualified DEFRA Approved A.I. Technicians.
benefits the stud in that we can now inseminate on site without
the attendance of a Vet, although of course we will still be working
closely with our Stud Vets Newcombe and East. Over the coming
weeks the stud will be developing facilities for the evaluation
and assessment of semen and details of these will be posted on
our website in due course. The stud already has its own collection
and chilling facilities and Pats new qualification only enhances
the service we can give clients via A.I.