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Qld Breeders Wait For Horse Movement Decision
While the NSW breeding season "is beginning to get back on track with the release of shuttle stallions & implementation of the purple zone to free-up horse movement, Queensland breeders continue to battle in limbo with a horse standstill in place that is driving many to despair," reported breednet.com.au. Steve Morley at Beaudesert-based Glenlogan Park Stud (base for stallions Show A Heart, Falvelon, Jet Spur & Bradbury's Luck) declared: "Queensland breeders are the most disadvantaged in the entire country & it's a disgrace that every other state has made progress towards keeping their breeding season going while we are stuck in this position. There is a real lack of understanding by the Department Of Primary Industries in this state & a lack of urgency in regards to solving our problems. Containment has not worked & in my view there are only 2 choices: either getting equine influenza or vaccinating." Morley said Queensland breeders have been waiting for an announcement from their DPI since last Friday "hoping to gain some horse movements within their red zone that would enable mares to be transported to stallions". But nothing has happened & Morley complained: "We should have been moving 10 days ago. They say they are working on it, but every day seems the same as the last. The development of protocols & boundaries seems to be getting done at a snail's pace & it's killing us." And Morley noted: "When the very first inkling came that something was wrong & the shuttle stallions were being detained, we received many enquiries from people looking to change to our stallions. We've gone from being in a good position to being in the worst, as now we can't accept any mare on to the farm & have no idea when we will be able to. We are free of equine influenza at present & so is the surrounding countryside for around 40km. And I know that within that area, there are around 1,100 mares who need to be out going to stallions. So it's very hard on all of us".