Below is an update on a number of issues and projects that Thoroughbred Breeders Australia (TBA) has been involved with recently.
TBV is working closely with TBA on these matters. We appreciate the work of TBA President Basil Nolan and CEO Tom Reilly.
Research & Development Levy
On Monday Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce announced his government would, if re-elected, support the granting of a matched R&D Levy for the breeding industry.
This comes after TBA set out how about $400,000 would be raised by breeders to be matched dollar for dollar by government.
Initially this proposal was rejected by the federal government, though I’m pleased to say TBA was able to build support from across sides of politics to get the decision reviewed, resulting in Mr Joyce’s announcement. Given Labor also supports the Levy it seems certain it will go ahead.
There will now be a minimum of about $800,000 in funding for our industry guaranteed each year for an initial three years, which I’m sure you’ll agree is a fantastic result.
Among the areas likely to be the focus of research are the prevention and management of exotic and indigenous diseases, improving the conception rates of mares and stallions and efforts to reduce foetal loss caused by contagious diseases.
Racing Australia Issue
The board of Racing Australia (RA) met just over a week ago at which their proposal to bring breeders under the Rules of Racing was discussed again. TBA president Basil Nolan was told afterwards that RA are seeking a further meeting with TBA on this issue. To understand TBA’s position on this proposal please read a letter from Basil on this subject.
However we are also seeking your input on this attempted take over of breeding by the Racing authorities. We have commissioned an online survey that we believe will provide valuable insight into this issue and will help TBA represent breeders. Please complete the survey – which should take no more than a couple of minutes.
Equine Herpes Virus Vaccine
As many of you have no doubt been aware (and concerned about) there has been a shortage of Duvaxyn EHV1,4 in Australia in the past year. TBA is pleased to announce that the first batch of the vaccine is likely to arrive in August this year, a full 12 months shorter than we were initially told was likely.
The vaccine is now in the final stages of being approved by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) and its manufacturer, Zoetis, is confident the global demand will be met within the coming months.
TBA has worked very hard putting pressure on the Department of Agriculture, the APVMA and Zoetis so that this vaccine is available as quickly as possible. Hopefully there will be no hold ups with production and you will have access to the vaccine shortly.
On all of these topics we will endeavour to keep you informed when we have news to update you with.
Tom Reilly, Chief Executive
Thoroughbred Breeders Australia