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Hunter Purple-Zone Plan To Allow Mare Movement
Thoroughbred Breeders Australia announced its plan for a Purple Zone in the NSW Hunter Valley (to "allow horse movement & the subsequent opening of the 2007 breeding season for walk-on mares to be served by stallions already in the Hunter") will be presented to the NSW Department Of Primary Industries next Monday (September 17). Once mares entered the Purple Zone, they would not be able to leave "until an all-clear is given on the equine influenza situation". After meeting NSW Primary Industries Minister Ian Macdonald yesterday, TBA president John Messara confirmed the Purple Zone proposal met the following response: agreement in principle to the plan; a need for further discussion "on compliance aspects to reassure other jurisdictions"; the plan "will go to the Technical Committee this week"; & "all going well, the final plan will be presented for approval on Monday 17 September".