South West Sheep Breeding Services2021-05-04T15:05:28+00:00

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High quality breeding services for pedigree
sheep breeders across the South West

SWSBS, established in 1989 by Mike Glover MA VetMB CertSHP FRCVS, delivers a comprehensive range of high-quality services for pedigree sheep breeders across the south west.

The longevity of this dedicated division of Torch Farm Vets is testament to the wealth of related experience and expertise of those involved. The team is now led by Guto Wynne BVMS MRCVS with Adam Reid BVMS MRCVS, Emily Dawson BVetMed MRCVS PGDipVCP and the support of technicians Kate South, Jemma Grant and Matt Berry. Mike remains involved in an advisory capacity.

Backed by excellent surgical, laboratory and storage facilities that allow the delivery of a broad range of artificial breeding services, SWSBS remains committed to the provision of an efficient, competitive service that offers the latest in veterinary advances – regardless of the size of your flock.

Our services:

  • Embryo collection, transfer and freezing

  • Artificial insemination

  • Semen collection and freezing (centre only)

  • Ram fertility evaluation

  • Semen storage

  • Ram vasectomy

Our facilities:

  • Operating facilities to allow surgical procedures such as embryo collection and AI

  • Laboratory area for processing embryos and semen

  • Storage for embryos and semen for MV accredited flocks

  • Sheep handling facilities for training and collecting semen from rams

  • Secure indoor pens for rams

Mike Glover has recently been awarded an RCVS diploma of Fellowship for his thesis on factors associated with the reproductive performance of ewes inseminated laparoscopically.

Mike’s thesis reports the findings of a study that began in 1995 and analysed data on the outcomes of more than 11,000 ewes inseminated by SWSBS in the south west of the UK over 11 consecutive years. It is the largest study of its kind to be based in the UK and Mike hopes the findings will be of benefit to farmers and vets utilising controlled breeding techniques for the genetic improvement of sheep and also to others with an interest in improving the reproductive performance of ewes.

View a one-page summary of Mike’s study using the link below. If you are interested in reading the full thesis, please contact Mike directly via email; Mikeglover@torchfarmvets.com.

View thesis summary
It is our aim to work as part of your team of advisors to ensure good quality healthcare that is value for money.

Independent vets, dedicated care

Utilising a wealth of experience within our team, we provide our farming community with the support, advice and clinical expertise required to drive efficiency and profitability on their farm

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