Horse experts discuss science of reproduction

21 February 2013

A varied forum of horse breeders, vets, academics, policy makers and students are set to come together at The Colloquium for Equine Reproduction (CFER) 2013 in the University of Nottingham on Wednesday 17th April to discuss the science of equine reproduction.

This year the annual event will take place alongside the British Society of Animal Science (BSAS) annual conference, providing a unique opportunity to bring together industry representatives from around the world.

CFER is an initiative set up and run by the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) at Aberystwyth University. CFER 2013 is set to build on the success of its previous events by joining forces with the BSAS and is proudly sponsored by EGGTech Ltd.

The BSAS conference sees scientists discuss the latest research in livestock production, health and welfare and will offer the chance for greater discussion for CFER around the issues affecting equine reproduction. As in previous years, CFER 2013 will give industry representatives, vets and breeders from large, commercial enterprises to smaller, independent ones the chance to come together and share their visions for research in a friendly forum.

 “We are delighted that CFER 2013 has joined the BSAS family because we share a common philosophy; to communicate good science to all in a friendly, enjoyable meeting” said Dr Debbie Nash, Lecturer in Equine and Animal Science at IBERS and organiser of the event.

 “By joining with BSAS we are able to hold CFER at a purpose-built and centrally located venue, and we are particularly hoping to attract vets and grass-roots breeders from around the UK who would like to learn about and discuss new developments in science with real application to their day to day work”. 

Dr Nash added: “Whether they are from large commercial stud farms or owners of one or two brood mares, a very warm welcome awaits all delegates to CFER 2013.”

CFER 2013 confirmed sessions are:
‘Advances in equine reproduction science’, with keynote, internationally renowned speaker, Dr Sandra Wilsher (Paul Mellon Laboratory of Equine Reproduction, Newmarket, UK), outlining how the placenta provides clues to neonatal problems. Jennifer Paddison (Aberystwyth University) will describe how recent advances in human research have potential, valuable applications to equine breeding.

The second session ‘How can industry benefit from research?’ is led by Jos Mottershead (; Oklamhoma, USA) an industry-based equine reproduction expert with a world-wide reputation.

The registration fee is frozen at 2011 prices: £60 per person including lunch and afternoon tea. As a special offer to welcome CFER, delegates are invited to attend the BSAS conference equine sessions, which take place in the morning as a taster of what BSAS has to offer the equine industry, academics, vets, lecturers and students. BSAS equine sessions will include presentations on research advances in nutrition, exercise physiology, genetics and more. 

The CFER 2013 event takes place 12.30pm -5.30pm on Wednesday 17 April 2013 at the University of Nottingham. For details and to register online visit