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Major Fall In British & Irish Stallion Numbers

Monday, 14th February 2011

In the UK, "evidence has emerged of a major drop in stallion numbers to coincide with a sustained fall in foal crops" reported racingpost.com. Last month it was revealed that a decline described by Weatherbys executive director Paul Greeves as "quite exceptional" had seen the Irish foal crop fall by 39% & the British foal crop by 21% in the last 3 years. Now a "similar pattern has evolved with stallion numbers" with Weatherbys confirming the number of new stallions in Ireland fell to 13 in 2010 (from 40 in 2007, 33 in 2008 & 20 in 2009).

  • There has "also been a steady decline overall, with figures showing there were 209 established sires (those in their 3rd covering season or more) in Ireland last year" (compared to 328 in 2007, 305 in 2008 & 276 in 2009). And a "sharp decline in the number of 2nd-season sires in Ireland was also charted, falling to 18 last year (from 43 in 2007, 29 in 2008 & 30 in 2009).
  • The fall in stallion numbers in Britain "has been almost as dramatic" with just 17 1st-season sires last year (down from 39 in 2007, 45 in 2008 & 33 in 2009). The number of "established sires" has fallen steadily in Britain to 210 last year (from 281 in 2007, 257 in 2008 & 235 in 2009). And 2nd-season sires fell to 23 last year (from 25 in 2007, 45 in 2008 & 38 in 2009).
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