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 requirements and obligations required of the stud farm manager. The student will understand general management principles and practices within the operational context 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 common breeding technologies (artificial insemination (chilled and frozen), embryo transfer) will be discussed along with introductory genetics relating to the breeding of horses. Practical sessions will be used when appropriate e.g., at semen collections.