Semen Store

In 2016 the Shetland Cattle Herd Book Society launched its semen store and semen bank. Semen is currently available from the below registered Shetland bulls. Please note that semen is available for the bona fide purpose of breeding, i.e. for creating a calf. Testing of straws for any reason is not permitted without written authorisation from the SCHBS.  

Semen is available for domestic use and for export. From 1 May, 2022 this will be £15 per straw for SCHBS members and £30 per straw for non-members. (We are not VAT registered).  Please make enquiries to semen@schbs.co.uk  The Semen Store is held by Scawfell Genetics in Cumbria who have sole distributorship in the UK of a new design of small dry shipping tank. SCHBS Semen Store can ship semen direct to any address in the UK, including islands, within 24 hours. Shipping charges for breeders wishing to purchase semen from the store are as below. Prices are inclusive of packing, delivery and return of the tank. Breeders should note, too, that Scawfell Genetics carries a wide range of semen from other breeds, native and commercial, which can be shipped with semen from SCHBS Semen Store. For information about other breeds see www.scawfellgenetics.com.

WHEN ORDERING SEMEN

Please email semen@schbs.co.uk with the following information:

Bulls name.
No. of straws required.
Name, address and postcode of where semen is to be delivered to.
Contact number for where the semen is to be delivered to.

SERVICE

SCHBS MEMBER

NON MEMBER

 Semen straws 

£15 each

£30 each

48 hr Domestic Delivery (Zone 1) & Tank Return

£54

 

£54

48 hr Domestic Delivery (Zone 2) & Tank Return

 £84

 

£84

 

To check whether a bull is suitable for your chosen cows a mating projection between the bull and an individual cow can be done under the Pedigree Search tab on the Home Page. The Breeding Compatibility check will give the COI (Coefficients of Inbreeding) of the calf resulting from that mating. Usually a breeder would be looking for a low COI in the calf as this shows that the parents do not share too many ancestors and the calf has a spread of genetics. However, there are times when a high COI is acceptable, for example when line-breeding. If you are in doubt or would like advice please email semen@schbs.co.uk  When looking at the bull photos, take note of the age of the bull. Shetland bulls can still be growing at seven years old so keep in mind that the younger bulls in the semen bank have not reached maturity, though sexual maturity is achieved early.

All of the bulls are either still alive, or were until recently, so information about them is readily available. Please email the semen store if interested in knowing more about them. 

Bulls Available

North House Victor

4/7/2013 - 13/1/2017

Straws are available for domestic use only.

Victor was a black and white bull. His dam is a fine, hand-milking cow and show winner. His semen is in the highest category for fertility. His first calves were born in 2017. He was a square, medium-sized bull, with curved horns. He was docile and easily managed. He was born in Shetland. He is from the Glebe bull line.

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North House Victor
North House Victor
North House Victor
North House Victor

Renwick Renoir

21/6/2014 - 2/8/2019

Straws are available for domestic use and for export.

Renoir was dark grey, mottled with white. He had black feet and curved white horns. He was a large bull. He was upright with a straight, square frame, good length and good head. He was an exceptionally placid and easy-going bull. His first crop of calves were born in 2017. He was born in Scotland. He is from the Glebe bull line.

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Renwick Renoir
Renwick Renoir
Renwick Renoir
Renwick Renoir

North House Frosty

21/3/2013 - 24/8/2016

Straws are available for domestic use only.

Frosty was a 50-50 grey and white bull. He was of medium size, with curved horns. His first calves were born in 2016. He was born in Shetland. He is from the Glebe bull line.

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Trondra Arrow

19/4/2009 - 20/12/2018

Straws are available for domestic use only.

Arrow was a mature black and white bull. He was a strong, big-barrelled bull of medium height with a good head. He had a particularly placid temperament. He was born in Shetland. He is from the Knocknagael bull line.

Photos were taken, clockwise, at 7 y.o., 2 y.o, 4 y.o. and 3 y.o.

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Trondra Arrow
Trondra Arrow
Trondra Arrow
Trondra Arrow

Randolph Fergus

20/1/2007 - 15/5/2013

Straws are available for EU and for domestic use.

Fergus was a black and white bull. He was medium-sized with black feet. He had an excellent temperament. He was born in England. The semen collection was funded by RBST and carried out in 2013. He is from the Knocknagael bull line.

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Randolph Fergus
Randolph Fergus
Randolph Fergus
Randolph Fergus