Much to the delight of the prospective veterinary students at Moreton, Edward Matson from Twemlows Stud Farm visited the Jenner Society on Thursday 18th October. He delivered an interesting and informative presentation on the work carried out at Twemlows, including details of artificial insemination and embryo transfer. Twemlows deals with horses competing in the disciplines of show jumping, dressage and eventing excluding horse racing. Mr Matson explained to us the initiative of their embryo transfer scholarship scheme offered to the highest placed British mare in showjumping or three day eventing. This scheme has lead to Twemlows dealing with some of the most renowned and talented horses in Britain, such as Headley Britannia ridden by Lucinda Fredericks and Fresh Direct Corlato ridden by Tim Stockdale.
The science behind the stud farm was equally as fascinating as we learned about the processes of semen collecting, embryo freezing, embryo transportation and even foaling alarms. Twemlows has a large recipient mare herd consisting of over one hundred horses meaning that through embryo transfer, Britain’s top competition mares can carry on competing whilst surrogate mothers foal their offspring.
At the end of his presentation, Mr Matson was even kind enough to offer us work experience at the stud farm for the summer of 2013 which was much appreciated and would be very highly regarded.
- Grace Millar - L6