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Major Studs Reject Artificial Insemination Push
Meanwhile the heads of Australia's leading breeding operations have rejected calls for the emergency introduction of artificial insemination for this year's breeding season to counter the effects of equine influenza.
- Thoroughbred Breeders Australia president & Arrowfield Stud boss John Messara commented: "We are members of the International Stud Book & also members of the committee that banned it. We should be looking for other solutions right now: that's where our efforts are being directed & I am hopeful we can still salvage something from this season."
- Coolmore Stud general manager Michael Kirwan declared bluntly: "It's like this: the industry has hit a hurdle. We now have to go forward & make sure it doesn't happen again. It's up to the Australian Quarantine Service & the relevant authorities to sort it out. Artificial insemination is not the answer & has never been the answer." He emphasised a "one-off" approval for the 2007 season would open a pandora's box that would cause major long-term problems: "If something like artificial insemination is granted, they say they can control it, but it's not that easy. It would have a detrimental effect to the whole industry in the long run & as well as that, the other stud books of the world wouldn't recognise it. We would be going from one disaster to another."
- And Darley Australia general manager Oliver Tait summed up: "Equine influenza is a very serious short term problem; but it is short term & we don't need to change the structure of our industry. Artificial insemination is a completely separate issue & if Australia was to go down that path, we would be completely out of step with other thoroughbred jurisdictions around the world."