Stallion AI Services at Twemlows Hall, Shropshire, has a starring role in the BBC’s Countryfile show, due to air this Sunday (3 March), which is focusing on the work of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust.

Stallion AI Services has been working with the RBST since 2002 and plays an important part in its ReGENEration project, to conserve equine rare breed semen.

So far semen has been taken from around 30 rare breed stallions at Twemlows — 25 of which was suitable for freezing.

The Countryfile team visited Stallion AI Services last month and filmed resident rare breed hackney stallion Brookfield Legend and the heavily in foal Suffolk mare Samford Amethyst owned by the parents of Stallion AI Services boss Tullis Matson.

Both of these breeds are on the RBST’s critical watchlist as there are fewer than 300 breeding mares worldwide.

Tullis told H&H: “This work is really important. There is a real risk of these genetic lines dying out.”

The programme will be aired on BBC 1 at 7pm this Sunday (3 March).