Weatherbys is a privately owned family business, which has been operating successfully since 1770. The core business is responsible for UK Racing Administration under contract to the British Horseracing Authority and, through its two not-for-profit subsidiaries, Weatherbys GSB and Weatherbys Ireland GSB, runs the Thoroughbred Breeding Registry (“General Stud Book”) in Britain and Ireland. Weatherbys also manages a range of profitable commercial activities, which include racecard production, traditional and digital bloodstock publishing, pedigree analysis, racing industry data services, and event ticketing.
Separately, the Group also includes a successful private bank which is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority.
The Weatherbys organisation is proud of its heritage and its reputation for customer service excellence. Today it has established ambitious growth plans and is undertaking investments in technology and its people to help drive expansion, efficiency and future profitability. The company’s Brand Vision builds on its reputation and its core values:
To be universally admired for delivering and inspiring new standards in customer service.
Weatherbys Scientific commenced parentage testing thoroughbred horses using blood typing technology in 1985, and established operations at a facility on the same site as the Irish Equine Centre in Johnstown, County Kildare, Ireland.
In 2000, the technology for parentage verification changed to Microsatellite DNA markers. We started offering parentage testing services for other species – bovine, ovine, canine, companion and exotics. As the level of scientific expertise developed in the business, so too did the suite of DNA based services offered, and in 2010 the laboratory commenced genotyping cattle using SNP technology. The team quickly developed a reputation for service and versatility and genotyped cattle using the Illumina 7k low density SNP chip in 2012.
Weatherbys Scientific’s reputation for service has been strengthening over time. Close relationships were established with the Irish Cattle Breeders Federation (ICBF) in 2012 and 2013, and the Weatherbys Scientific team collaborated, through a research project, in the development of a customised SNP chip (IDB) for dairy and beef breeds, genotyping 25,000 cattle/week (the largest program of its type in the world).
Weatherbys Scientific has achieved significant technical milestones – it is an institutional member of the scientific body of the International Society of Animal Genetics (ISAG) and it is also accredited by the International Committee for Animal Recording (ICAR). It is also approved with Propel certification by Illumina, and has been selected as an Illumina Beta testing laboratory for new technologies.