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Stud Book Seeks Vet Certificates

Tuesday, 13th September 2005

And Keeper Of the Australian Stud Book Michael Ford has also "sent out a circular to breeders informing them pregnant mares that have not been able to produce a live foal for a number of years may have to get a veterinary certificate confirming natural gestation took place," reported racenet.com.au. The statement said: "The Joint Proprietors of the Australian Stud Book require checks to be carried out so that they can be assured that no form of artificial breeding was used to produce a foal which is to be accepted into its official records. This is to ensure the Australian Stud Book is complying with its obligations under the International Stud Book Committee. For a number of mares which have a recent history of being unable to produce a live foal, we will require certificates from veterinarians approved by the Australian Stud Book. You may receive a letter next week if your mare falls into this category. If the mare has already foaled in 2005, we will require a certificate from the attending veterinarian that a natural gestation took place in, & delivery was from, the body of the same mare in which the foal was conceived. If the mare has not yet foaled in 2005, we will require a veterinary certificate of pregnancy for the mare no more than 1 month before the expected foaling date. The Australian Stud Book will pay reasonable costs to produce this certificate."

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