Applied Stud Management - (15 credits)

Students will gain an understanding of the principles and techniques used for the management of the stud farm. The student will demonstrate knowledge of correct industry practice along with the legal requirements and obligations required of the stud farm manager. The student will apply general management principles and practices within the operational context (both at a level an operational and strategic) of a horse breeding enterprise. They will understand how stallions are commercially managed at stud, their syndication, marketing, promotion and ultimately their life span. The issues of reproductive control and the problems raised by sub-fertile animals will be raised. The use and implementation of new breeding technologies (artificial insemination (chilled and frozen), embryo transfer) will be discussed. Practical will be used when appropriate e.g., at semen collections. The student will be required to complete yard supervisory duties, enabling them to implement and demonstrate theoretical principles.