Baby boom at Shire centre

  • Bridget, the first Shire to be born by artificial insemination at the Norfolk Shire Centre is in foal by the same technique

    Staff at the Norfolk Shire Horse Centre are celebrating after Bridget, their first foal to be born by artificial insemination (AI) is pregnant by the same process.

    Bridget, named after the vet responsible for her creation, was born in 1999. Her mother, Runton Freedom was their first mare at Norfolk ShireHorse Centre to successfully give birth to a live foal following AI.

    Providing Bridget’s pregnancy goes according to plan, she should foal next April.

    Both Bridget and her mother are in foal to Metheringham Baron, a stallion owned by Geoffrey Robinsworld of Hockerwold Farm, Upton near Newark.

    David Blakewell from the centre said: “I am delighted that two more artificially inseminated foals are due next year.”

    Over the past four years the AI programme has yielded five foals, three of which Bridget, Libby and Velvet are still at the centre.

    The Norfolk Shire Horse Centre is open Sunday to Friday 10.00am – 5pm until the 27 October. Admission is £4.95 for adults, £3.95 for senior citizens and £2.95 for children 16 and under.

    For more information (tel: 01263 837339) or click here to visit www.norfolk-shirehorse-centre.co.uk

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