an expectant mare at Shade Oak Stud, in Shropshire,
Foaling Alarm Transmitter in a leather pouch on a
breastplate. The sensor is mounted on one of the neck straps.
It lies on the mare's neck and at the first sign of sweating,
triggers a radio signal to the alarm receiver which may be
placed in a convenient place to alert the groom that birth is
Pictured below is Miss Johanna Varden M.B.E. of the National
Foaling Bank, U.K. demonstrating the correct fitting of
the harness on the mare.
of David Hockenhull, of Shade Oak Stud, Shropshire, also
of Miss Johanna Varden M.B.E. of the National Foaling Bank
who have used the alarms supplied and
The Wyke of Shifnal over many years.
WYKE OF SHIFNAL have
supplied Sweat based alarms to all the major studs in the UK for over
15 years. We are the exclusive supplier of The German Wachtomat
sweat based alarm and we have manufactured
our own alarm since 1997 in The UK.
We now can supply this Alarm at a very competitive price.
We are at the forefront of development of
foaling alarms and our experience is unparalleled in the UK.
The Foal alarm transmitter works off a small easily
replaced 9 volt battery and its signal should carry about
500 metres in most circumstances. It contains a circuit that checks the state of its
battery and if it becomes discharged it will alert the receiver
and a warning light will indicate the problem. It also checks
its own electronics and sensor every few seconds and will
inform the receiver if there are any problems.
The Foal alarm receiver is supplied with a mains
adapter for use where there is mains electricity, it may
also be operated from a12 volt battery supply making it portable
for use in vehicles etc. The onset of birth is indicated
at the receiver by a light and a loud audible tone. Up to
4 transmitters may be used on this system and each one is
identifiable by a separate light on the receiver's front
panel. This is most useful when mares are kept out or in
separate buildings. In the unlikely event that more than 4 mares are foaling at the same time your receiver unit can be adapted to operate 6
transmitters but in all our years selling this
equipment we have found this unnecessary and have since updated the design.
A long range aerial may be used with the Foal Alarm receiver
giving a range of 3 miles or more.
The receiver may be used to activate an auto dialler which
will telephone you on up to 4 separate telephone numbers
(Mobiles and pagers included).
The components of The Wyke Foaling alarm are CE
approved and comply with UK Radio Regulatory legislation.
If purchasing from abroad you must check your local
A complete system includes:
- HANDY CARRYING CASE
- LEATHER HARNESS
- ELASTICATED SURCINGLE
- £383 +
Extra transmitter with harness £ 215
£40 + VAT
A repair service is available ~ we recommend you send in alarms out of season so that they are ready for when you need them most.
HIRE OF FOALING ALARMS
Our alarms may be hired at a cost of £21 + VAT per
week, plus carriage …… Best book one early!
Please ask for our Conditions of Hire.
Some Testimonials from our customers.
'Thanks very much for all your help. Poppy had a striking coloured colt at 10pm on the 9th June. Thanks to the foal
alarm the vet was there in time to pull him out as
he'd got stuck. I also got far more sleep over the last 3 nights than I had for a week!'
Thanks again from Kath Poppy and Sam.
the alarm it arrived the next day. I
wished I had bought one before as my wife and I were worn out sitting up every night and nearly falling asleep. We had one night's deep sleep then the following night the alarm woke us and we rushed out to see our beautiful colt foal. I really would recommend to anyone
- It beats sitting up all night!'
Thank you for the alarm it was very
successful. I used it in conjunction with CCTV. Please send me an extra transmitter.
Yours sincerely, Fiona
England were playing in the World cup against
Poland and were losing until Ian Wright scored a goal for England - at that very
moment my own mare
Look Again, sired by Look Twice, decided to have her foal (obviously thinking we would be otherwise
occupied!) The alarm was activated at the very moment the
goal was scored and could be heard over the euphoria of the party we were having that night at The Wyke.
We rushed out to see
"Look Wright " being born. Leanne, my then 13 year old niece, wrote the following commemorative
( by Leanne Phillips)
England's football team were
Tension started to mount
Suddenly the foaling alarm started
The foal was about to come out
We all rushed into the stable block
And to our surprise there it was
A small frail bundle with spindly legs
And a mother so proud of her foal
So back in the house to ring
To ensure everything was alright
But who popped up but
To make his mark as well
We then settled down
to think of a name
With talk of the goal that saved
A name was decided at the end of the night
The foal was to be called
We have sold
and serviced foaling alarms for many years now our service
and knowledge in this field is unparalleled in the UK.
information please feel free to contact us. We can help.
Sunday 4th April
2004 at Twemlows Hall ~ Shropshire
~ for all owners of mares
contemplating breeding a foal
click here for further details of course
The Wyke Of Shifnal
Tel. (44) 01952 460560
Fax. (44) 01952 462981
email: [email protected]