Two test tube foals have been born as the result of a 3-year collaboration between researchers at the University of Liverpool, the University of Surrey and Twemlows Stud Farm. The aim of the project was to develop advanced breeding techniques not currently available in the United Kingdom.
Two different advanced breeding techniques were used: oocyte transfer and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI).
Niamh Lewis, a veterinarian researcher at the University of Liverpool, who managed the project said: "These are complex methods which are currently offered by only a very few centres worldwide. The ability to perform these techniques reliably offers new hope to help overcome various fertility issues in stallions and also provides opportunities to create offspring from valuable mares who have died unexpectedly or cannot conceive in their own right."