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ITBA Educational Programme 2021 - Breeding Season Preparation

ITBA Breeding Season Preparation - Virtual Workshop
ITBA Educational Programme 2021 - Breeding Season Preparation


  • Date: Thursday 16th December 2021
  • Time: 10.00 am -12.30 pm
  • Delivery: Virtually
  • Cost: All fees waived.
  • Register: Email

Topics / Speaker

  • Assisting mares during foaling: Patricia Markey, respected Co Carlow breeder
  • Preparing mares for foaling & postnatal care: Andrea Ryan: Veterinary Surgeon, Kilcash Equine Clinic
  • Best nutritional plan for pregnant mares during & post foaling and nutritional plan for foals: Lorraine Fradl: Nutritionist with Connolly’s RED MILLS
  • Smart approaches to getting mares back in foal & importance of selecting the most suitable stallions -Micheál Orlandi: Compass Stallions

Commenting, ITBA’s Kerry Ryan said “Over the last numbers of years, the ITBA Breeding Season Preparation Workshop, supported by the Department of Agriculture, under its Equine Technical Support & Breeding Scheme Project, has become a key fixture in ITBA Educational Programme. A panel of industry experts will address the key issues breeders need to take into consideration in advance of the upcoming breeding season. Breeder education is one of our key roles at ITBA. If there are any topics breeders feel should be included in next year’s ITBA Educational Programme please contact ITBA HQ on 045 877543 as we would love to hear from them. ITBA wishes all breeders every success with next year’s breeding season”

Speaker Bio’s

Lorraine Fradl: Lorraine has worked with Connolly’s Red Mills since 2016 after spending a number of years working with thoroughbred studs, racehorses and elite sport horses. Lorraine’s role as a Senior Equine Nutritionist involves work at home and abroad. Her technical support schedule has brought her to many parts of Ireland and numerous countries across Europe and the Middle East region.

Patricia Markey: Patricia Markey, who is base in Co Carlow is very experienced with foaling and much respected by mare owners. Last year Patricia joined the panel of ITBA Breeding Season Preparation Workshop. With many years of foaling under her belt, those breeders who attended the workshop said they picked up great practical advice from listening to Patricia. We are delighted she agreed to join the panel for this year’s workshop.

Micheál Orlandi: A proud Mullingar man, Micheál Orlandi established his burgeoning stud farm, Starfield Stud, on the shores of Lough Owel in Co. Westmeath. There he stands exciting Flat sires; Far Above, Kuroshio & Smooth Daddy. Micheál was delighted to add the 2020 St Leger winner, Galileo Chrome, to his National Hunt roster last year. Once the covering season is over, Micheál switches his focus to the agency side of his business with which he attends all the major European Yearling Sales, purchasing under his agency name, Compas Equine.

Andrea Ryan: MVB MRCVS CertEP Cert EM (Stud Med): Andrea qualified from UCD veterinary college in Dublin in 1994 and since has accumulated almost 20 years’ experience in equine practice. During this time, she has worked in England, New Zealand and England again before returning to Ireland to set up her own veterinary practice. In 2001, she was awarded a certificate in equine practice by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. She then went on to specialise in equine reproduction and stud medicine and in 2009 was awarded a certificate in stud medicine by the Royal College. She now jointly runs Kilcash Equine Clinic with her main areas of interest being stud medicine and reproductive problems in barren mares.

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