30 Dec 2020

DNA – new procedure announced post-Brexit

The Welsh Pony and Cob Society announce a change in the procedure for DNA harvesting when licensing a colt or DNA profiling a filly or mare.

Following Brexit and the withdrawal from the EU it will no longer be possible to post hair samples to the laboratory in Ireland. From January 1st, 2021 all hair samples must be couriered to Weatherbys’ Scientific as decreed by the Irish government.

Breeders and owners must now return both the forms and the hair sample directly to the WPCS Office at Bronaeron.

The Office will then dispatch batches of samples on a weekly basis to the lab by courier. This will offer savings to the membership and enable the Office to track exactly when a sample was submitted for profiling.

The hair samples are all harvested by Vets who also complete the relevant forms and place the hair sample in ‘tamper-proof’ bags which are individually numbered. When purchasing a kit, it is specific to that animal and is recorded as such. This ensures the security of samples during transit.

If you have already purchased a kit in the last month – please do not send the hair sample to Ireland. Please return it to the WPCS Office. The Society recommends that all samples and forms are sent by recorded post to Bronaeron.


DNA kits for fillies and mares are available to purchase via the WPCS website


Stallion licence kits are also available

https://wpcs.uk.com/product/stallion-licence-kit/  -(Members)



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