- Module code
- Module leader
- Dr Andrew Hemmings
- Module level
- Module credits
- Min study time
- 75 hours
- Contact Hrs within study time
- 32 hours
- Teaching period
- October – March Thursday am
Scientific aspects of equine production
Comparison of feral and domestic modes of breeding in relation to welfare, productivity and fertility. Reproductive physiology of both male and female systems with a focus on gestation in the mare and seasonality of the stallion. Genetic mechanisms governing performance potential with a focus on Thoroughbred racing and more traditional theories such as Cunninghams Paradox.
Bloodstock (racehorse) breeding; pedigree and performance analysis; bloodstock sales; economics of breeding.
To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to:
- Critique the scientific and practical aspects of equine reproduction in both stallion and mare.
- Evaluate the economic principles involved with breeding bloodstock.
- Demonstrate a knowledge of racing pedigrees and performance evaluation criteria.
- Describe and evaluate the genetic mechanisms underlying racing performance.
|Examination||1 x 2 hour unseen exam||100%|
Students should be familiar with the content of at least one of the following:
- Brinsko, S.P. (2011). Manual of Equine Reproduction. (3rd edition). Mosby.
- Davies Morel, M.D. (2008). Equine Reproductive Physiology, Breeding and Stud Management. (3rd edition) CABI.
- Frandson, R.D., Wilke, W.L. and Fails, A.D. (2009) Anatomy and physiology of farm animals 7th edn. Wiley-Blackwell
- Samper, J.C. (2009). Equine Breeding Management and Artificial Insemination 2nd ed. WB Saunders.