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Darley Boss Says Flu Effects Devastating
Darley Australia general manager Oliver Tait told Radio Sport 927 the equine influenza virus sweeping NSW has resulted in a "devastating situation" for his stud's breeding operation. Of 22 stallions Darley was planning to stand in NSW & Victoria this season, 17 are still locked in western Sydney's Eastern Creek quarantine facility waiting for a release date. Tait suggested the stallions could be released in early October, but that would depend on NSW Department Of primary Industries permission. Tait summed up: "It depends on how the issue develops over the next few weeks. If we get movement of horses in NSW & the stallions out of quarantine, the impact (on the size of the subsequent foal crop) will not be huge; but if not, there will be massive impact for years to come." Tait emphasised Darley has a "strong commitment to the Australian industry. It (equine influenza) will have a massive financial impact on our enterprise. It will put a dent in our momentum, but we will dust ourselves off & hopefully be stronger for it."