Module: Irish Bloodstock Industry

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

    Andrew Hemmings
  • Module Level

  • Module credits

  • Min study time

    150 hours
  • Contact hrs

    50 hours

Module content

This module is built around a 6 day study visit to the Curragh in the Republic of Ireland. Learning experiences will come primarily in the form of guided visits, foundation tutorials and group discussions to contextualise and draw comparisons with other centres across the globe. There is an additional cost associated with this module of £600* student contribution relating to the tour, which is payable at the beginning of year three (year four for students taking this degree with an additional foundation year).

*This indicated cost may rise in line with inflation.

Module outcomes

To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to:

  1. Apply advanced understanding of the Irish TB sector and relate this to other nations
  2. Appraise and critique scientific advancements underpinning Irish TB production
  3. Analyse and synthesise with reference to the positioning of the Irish Thoroughbred sector in relation to other Irish equine and agricultural  activities.


Assessment Description Weighting
Coursework Technical / positional report 4000 words 100%

Assessments may differ in 2020/21 due to adjustments for Covid-19. Please check Gateway for the latest regulations.

Key texts

Students should be familiar with the content of the following:

  • Bailey, E. and Brooks, S.A. (2013) Horse genetics. 2nd edn. CABI
  • Binns, M. and Morris, T. (2010) Thoroughbred breeding : pedigree theories and the science of genetics. London: J. A. Allen.
  • Hill EW, McGivney BA, Gu J, Whiston R, MacHugh DE (2010). A genome-wide SNP-association study confirms a sequence variant (g.66493737C>T) in the equine myostatin (MSTN) gene as the most powerful predictor of optimum racing distance for Thoroughbred racehorses. BMC Genomics. 11:552. doi:10.1186/1471-2164-11-552.
  • Racing Post (2012) Bloodstock Review 2012. Racing Post.