Trip Week kicked off with visits to the Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre in Cheshire, dissection seminars with Equine Lecturer Dawn Joyce and workshops in Natural Horsemanship. Also on offer was a chance to spend time at the Stallion AI Services centre at Twemlows Hall in Whitchurch.
This high-tech facility is overseen by Managing Director Tullis Matson who has over 18 years of experience in offering a wide range of AI (artificial insemination) services to clients in the UK and abroad.
The centre, which is currently undergoing expansion in order to meet an ever increasing demand, already boasts a dedicated stallion barn, a 54ft horse walker and a range of stallion paddocks specifically designed with 8ft high fencing. All facilities are fitted with CCTV cameras so that staff and owners can keep a careful eye on their horse’s wellbeing during their stay.
On arrival, students were greeted by Tullis who described how his business has developed and what future plans are in the pipeline. Next, the equipment used for semen collection was explained and the group were given the opportunity to observe a live collection from one of the resident stallions using a dummy mare.
“This trip was extremely informative and helped students to appreciate what a massive industry this is by witnessing one of the most modern and advanced AI facilities in Europe,” said Reaseheath Yard Manager Sue Firman, who accompanied students.
Following the collection process, the group enjoyed an educational tour of the laboratories to understand how samples are processed and assessed by the team. The visit concluded with a question and answer session led by Tullis Matson.
Tullis said: “The Reaseheath students were a pleasure to meet. They showed great interest in the semen collection demonstration and, when introduced to the processing procedures in the laboratory, came up with many interesting questions. We look forward to hosting future visits and hope that they all had an enjoyable day.”
“We were lucky enough to visit the Stallion AI Services and I was blown away by the technology that is used when breeding horses.
“We watched a stallion collection and it was fascinating to learn how everything was processed and shipped out to clients. Thanks to our Course Managers for arranging this memorable trip!”