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Stud Controls Tighten Over Hendra Fears

Monday, 18th July 2011

Horse breeders “expect that industry-wide protocols may be imposed at studs” amid on-going outbreaks of the Hendra virus, reported abc.net.au. Following weekend news that a 4th horse has died in NSW & a property near Lismore in the north of the state has been quarantined, Thoroughbred Breeders Australia chief executive Peter McGauran noted: “There's not a uniform protocol being imposed, but several of the major studs in the Hunter Valley are themselves requiring certain conditions under which Queensland brood mares will be accepted onto their properties. There are several hundred Queensland brood mares sent to the Hunter Valley-based stallions during the breeding season. Previously, it has been a stud-by-stud practice, some studs requiring no special blood tests or other information from Queensland brood mares, whereas a few others have established their own protocols. I would believe now there will be industry standards established.”

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