Farming News - New service available for sheep breeders in the Midlands

New service available for sheep breeders in the Midlands

29 Jul 2021
Frontdesk / Livestock

Midlands Advanced Breeding Services

Three of the largest farm veterinary practices in the UK have collaborated to be able to offer an exciting new service to sheep owners.

Scarsdale Vets, McMurtry & Harding, and Glenthorne Vets have come together to offer sheep breeders, in the Midlands and beyond, a bespoke breeding service. The new service, called Midlands Advanced Breeding Service (MABS), offers:

  • Laparoscopic Artificial Insemination
  • Ram pre-breeding exams
  • Semen collection and evaluation
  • Vasectomies and advice on teaser ram use
  • Synchronisation protocol advice tailored to individual flocks

Co-ordinated by David Charles CertHE (Biol.) BVSc MRCVS of Scarsdale Vets, Midlands Advanced Breeding Services draws upon the experience of a collective team of more than 25 vets with over 150 years of farm animal practice between them.

The team at MABS is made up of experienced sheep vets across the three practices. Utilising a wealth of experience within the team, they offer advice and input to help sheep breeders and farmers improve the reproductive performance and profitability of their flock, regardless of size or system.

  • Ram pre-breeding exams
  • Semen collection and evaluation
  • Vasectomies and teaser ram advice
  • Synchronisation protocols
  • Laparoscopic Artificial Insemination (available late Autumn 2021)

David Charles said,

“Midlands Advanced Breeding Services arose off the back of several conversations I had with members of Scarsdale’s Flock Health Club about advanced breeding and the desire for a service that could be tailored to their specific needs. MABS will allow us to enhance the service provided to sheep breeders across the Midlands, making it more accessible and affordable for all flock sizes.

He went on to say,

“Working in partnership with McMurtry & Harding, and Glenthorne Vets is particularly exciting, and hopefully will allow MABS to benefit more clients. The opportunity to collaborate and offer the advanced breeding services to practices, beyond the three already involved, and their sheep flocks, is also now a real possibility. I welcome conversations with any practices who may have clients that wish to use our services, but retain their own regular vets.”

MABS was officially launched last week during a client evening held at Scarsdale Vets with Dewi Jones, CEO of Innovis, as a guest speaker. Further client events are planned for the coming months to help them become aware of the new service that MABS offers.

For further information please contact 01332 294929 or email