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Identification & Traceability "Essential In Horse Industry"
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.”