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Colour Zones Allow NSW Breeding Season Ramp-Up
NSW Primary Industries Minister Ian Macdonald announced a 4-colour zoning system "has been introduced as the next stage of the NSW Equine Influenza Protection Plan". Macdonald said the zoning plan will "see restrictions on horse movements softened in some areas of the state, particularly the important breeding areas of the Hawkesbury & the Hunter, while allowing the government to concentrate on eradicating the problem. Zoning will enable us to focus our resources on known disease spots & high risk areas in NSW, while at the same time introducing common sense measures to help the breeding & racing industries survive. We have listened to the industry, taken its concerns on board & come up with a sound plan that maintains our commitment to stamping out the disease, while allowing some movement of mares & foals in areas like the upper Hunter. The purple zone is designed to allow valuable breeding activity to be conducted: it will allow horses with a permit to be brought in for breeding purposes; however, they cannot leave the zone until authorised by DPI."