Victoria to co-lead traceability register development

POSTED ON  |  12-10-2020

Horses in paddock
The development of a national horse traceability register is being co-led by the Victorian Government. The traceability register will improve biosecurity and tracking measures for all horses across Australia once implemented. A National Horse Traceability Working Group has been established to inform the design of the register, following agreement at the Australasian Racing Ministers Conference and Australian Agriculture Ministers’ meeting that Victoria and Queensland would lead its development.

Stuart McLean OAM will chair the group, bringing a depth of traceability experience as the current Chair of the Australian Livestock Saleyards Association.

Other working group members are:
  • Kathy Gibson, Animal Health Australia
  • Linda Kelly and Dr Meredith Flash, Australian Horse Industry Council
  • Karen Day, Racing Australia
  • Kathleen Mullan, Harness Racing Australia
  • Dr Bidda Jones, Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA)
  • Equine Australia
  • Representatives from state and territory governments as well as the Commonwealth.
The group is set to meet for the first time this month and will analyse existing animal traceability systems and technologies in Australia and will put forward recommendations on what form a national register for all horses in Australia should take. 

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