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July 14th, 2018 by admin

Thoroughbred breeding levy funds research

GEE UP THERE: Member for Calare Andrew Gee, Orange by-election candidate Scott Barrett and Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce. Anew thoroughbred breeding industry levy will be usedto develop better disease control, stronger foals and horse welfare measures.
Nanjing Night Net

The Rural Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) will work with the thoroughbred industryto commission projectsfocusing on reducing injury, the incidence and impact of diseases and parasites andimprovingbreeding outcomes.

Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce this week announcedthese projects will seek to improve the safety of those who work in the industry and the welfare of horses, including building resilience in horses in work and training, and improved breeding outcomes for stronger foals.

“Australia’s thoroughbred industry not only makes a sizeable contribution to our economy, generating $963million in revenue annually, but is also an iconic part of Australian life—thoroughbred racing is our nation’s second most popular spectator spot, attracting around 2million people each year,” hesaid.

Under the thoroughbred breeding industry’s plan, stallion owners will pay a $10 levy per mare covered per season and broodmare owners will pay a $10 levy per mare returned per season.

The levy isexpected to generate $2.4million for research and developmentover three years.

Mr Joyce said the Coalition Government will work to implement thelevy byJuly 1, 2017, andmatch industry’scontributions dollar for dollar up to $400,000 ayear.

Member for Calare AndrewGeesaid it was vital to support the thoroughbreds sector to strengthen and grow, particularly in Calare where regional racingsupports hundreds of jobs.

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.