Shamrock is a full service breeding farm. Thoroughbreds encompass the majority of our breeding and we currently stand five stallions: Admiral Alex, Baltimore Bob, Nicanor, Outflanker and Rock Slide. The breeding shed is open from February 14th – July 3rd, with two sessions daily, at 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Our vet is equine reproductive specialist, Dr. Craig Landa and is here every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday on a regular basis, and the other days as needed.
In addition to the Thoroughbreds, we have a resident population of Standardbred mares. Consequently we are experienced in artificial insemination with shipped cooled semen. We offer boarding and breeding to other warmblood breeds as well whose registries accept AI.
Foal watch usually begins in Mid January, and we hope to be done by the end of May. We utilize the Breeder Alert System as well as night watch personnel. Jim’s wife Christie who’s foaled mares here for over twenty years oversees each foaling. We keep a store of frozen colostrum and oral Seramune to use when supplementation is warranted to ensure the foals get off to a good start.
We offer seasonal and year round boarding for mares and their offspring. Rates are reduced for resident mares. Barren and maiden mares are started under lights in December to get them ready for the breeding season. Routine vet work, ie, dewormings and blacksmith as well as reproductive checks are scheduled when needed and are added to your monthly statement.
We take in a limited number of lay-ups as space is available. The exerciser with the sand footing has been invaluable for legging up. By strengthening limbs and developing fitness lay-ups return to the track stronger and sounder, reducing time needed to get fit for racing.
We take in yearlings for sales prep for the various sales nationwide. The exerciser is used for conditioning as each individual warrants. We will also consign yearlings at the sale if we are planning on having a consignment at that sale.