Lucy and Oliver are qualified AI technicians having done the DEFRA approved AI course at Twemlows Stud and Stallion AI. Lucy is on the stud 24/7 and has grown up with all things Shire and breeding. Oliver is a 4th year Veterinary Student and will be working around his studies. 

Shire Farm has been an established stud farm for many years, in 2021 Lucy and Oliver set up their own business, Ruskington Shire Stud, which will focus on the stud and AI services they are able to provide. 

Through our excellent facilities and AI capabilities we are able to provide a full service to clients. We pride ourselves on providing the best service we can and ensuring all clients go away happy. As with many things, breeding is not 100% guaranteed to be successful but we will do our best for your mare. In 2021, 22 out of 23 mares scanned in foal. 

Please contact us for more information about us or any of our services or to book your mare in for 2022 season.


As always we are available 24/7 to answer any questions and provide support at any stage of the process, from preparing your mare for service through to foaling. 



Our onsite lab and stallion facilities mean we are able to collect and process semen for fresh/chilled insemination. We are able to ship chilled semen for next day delivery before 10am as long as we receive orders with enough time; the earlier we know the better. The first collection for your mare will be charged at £80, any subsequent collections will be charged at a reduced rate of £60. Please discuss your requirements first then finalise your order by clicking here.

As we have AI Technicians on site we are able to inseminate mares on site. We work alongside our vets to provide timely and effective services. This service is extremely useful for covering lighter build mares with our heavy stallions or for covering difficult/injured mares that would benefit from not having a stallion mount them. We are able to collect fresh semen off our stallions and inseminate immediately into your mare. We are also able to inseminate mares using semen sent to us, this can be done at the stud or we can travel to you.

All of our stallions are also natural service. We are open to walk in covers or mares staying with us all the way through to a positive pregnancy scan.

Mare livery is available; we have a number of options with stables, crew yards and a limited number of grass livery spaces. Please get in touch to discuss your livery requirements and we will do our best to accommodate. 

The service agreement must be completed and signed prior/on arrival to the stud. Please either print and fill in the PDF below and bring it with you or fill in the online form so we can send you a digital copy.  Please read the terms and conditions and by signing the agreement you confirm that you accept the T&Cs. 


Fresh semen collection - £60

Chilled semen collection - £80 + £30 postage 

Insemination - £30

Livery - £5 a day 


We are very fortunate to have excellent facilities to cater for every horse's needs. Our mix of modern american barn style stabling, outdoor stables and crew yards give us great flexibility in how we can keep your mare. We are able to offer year round turnout in our exercise pen and we have a few spaces for grass livery whilst with us. 

Our purpose built stocks room and stocks give us a safe and quiet environment for scanning and insemination work. Our laboratory and equipment allow us to effectively process and assess semen prior to collection or insemination. 

We work closley with our farrier Garath Schofield and physio Katie Buncombe (Equiflex Therapy) to provide the very best care to your horse when needed.