Infection sees Newmarket stud close and halt breeding
PUBLISHED: 10:16 03 February 2016 | UPDATED: 10:16 03 February 2016
A stud in Newmarket has closed its doors and halted breeding after an infected horse was found to have herpes.
A herpes infection has forced the Newmarket National Stud thoroughbred breeding site to close.
Five stallions, including Dick Turpin and Pastoral Pursuits, are based at the 500-acre stud.
Neurological herpes was discovered in a maiden filly which arrived from overseas on January 20. The horse was in a health isolation unit.
A stud spokesman said: “The main stud has now been closed on a precautionary basis; it is hoped that breeding activity can be resumed at the start of the covering season.”
Tours of the stud, organised by Discover Newmarket, have been cancelled until further notice.