Turnout was excellent from the industry at a recent CAFRE Equine Breeding Conference held at Greenmount Campus, Antrim.
Attendees included Thoroughbred and Sport Horse Breeders, industry professionals and vets. CAFRE secured a range of speakers covering all aspects of the equine breeding cycle. There were also equine students from England as well as CAFRE final year Equine Management students.
CAFRE secured a range of speakers covering all aspects of the equine breeding cycle. Seamus McAlinney, Head of Equine at CAFRE, opened the conference and Alison Corbally, from Horse Sport Ireland chaired the conference. Alison also highlighted the importance of good selection of breeding stock to continue to improve the breeding industry in Northern Ireland.
Speaker Tullis Matson, owner of Stallion AI Services in Shropshire discussed management of the breeding stallion and improving fertility of stallions in both Thoroughbred and Sport Horse stud farms. Sunita Jeawon, from University College Dublin Veterinary Hospital explained the mare’s reproductive tract and physiology as well as a very clear explanation of the hormone cycle of the mare.
Professor Tom Buckley from The Irish Equine Centre talked about the importance of biosecurity in stud farms and the need to protect the industry’s low disease status.
Hayley Sullivan from the Irish National Stud and Sarah O’Dwyer from Troytown, Greyabbey, shared the topic of foaling management. Hayley spoke from her extensive experience about the foaling process and Sarah talked from a Veterinarian’s point of view on problems encountered when foaling.
At the end of the conference, there was a chance to ask questions and have discussions with the panel of speakers.