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Identification & Traceability "Essential In Horse Industry"

Friday, 23rd October 2009

Queensland Racehorse Owners’ Association president Simon Quinn also praised the initiative of students from the University of Queensland Faculty Of Natural Resources, Agriculture & Veterinary Science who are conducting a study to assess the feasibility of a horse identification system within the Australian pleasure & performance horse industry. Quinn noted: “We are familiar with the system of identification of micro-chipping thoroughbreds being mandatory in the racing industry. And I certainly agree with the students’ view that recent outbreaks of Equine Influenza & Hendra Virus have highlighted the importance of maintaining traceability & biosecurity within the horse industry.” The study is investigating options for horse identification & possible administrative arrangements for managing a horse identification system & students are canvassing the opinions of horse owners & competitors. Quinn emphasised: “I do believe a horse ID system would assist in the event of a disease outbreak & I am aware that several of the organisations which coordinate the activities of competition horse already require the horses to be micro-chipped. But I believe it would be in the interests of the entire equine industry if we could broaden this method of identification to all breeds & I would encourage all horse owners to give this survey their serious attention.”

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