28 Mar 2019
IFA MEETINGS CRITICAL OF NEW 30-DAY FOAL NOTIFICATION SYSTEMHorses
IFA Deputy President Richard Kennedy said that two recent, well-attended IFA meetings for thoroughbred breeders were called to listen to the concerns of breeders.
“The biggest concern expressed by farmer breeders at the meetings held in Limerick & Kildare was the new 30-day foal notification system, which has been introduced in Ireland this year for the first time,” said Richard Kennedy, who is also Chairman of IFA’s Horse Project Team.
This is an industry agreed initiative administered by Weatherbys Ireland.
Breeders were very critical of the lack of interaction and communication from the industry stakeholders, which support this new system of notification of foal births.
The 30-Day Notification was a key recommendation outlined by the ADTF report (Signatories to this report are; Horse Racing Ireland, Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board, Weatherbys Ireland, Irish Thoroughbred Breeders Association, Irish Racehorse Trainers Association, Association of Irish Racehorse Owners, Goffs Bloodstock Sales, Tattersalls Ireland and Goresbridge Sales Ltd).
Breeders queried why a different system had been introduced in Ireland this year to that introduced in the UK in 2018.
Mr Kennedy put it on the record that IFA supports the principle of the 30-day foal notification, the purpose of which is equine welfare, transparency and traceability.
IFA encouraged breeders to comply with the scheme. However, he clarified that there is no penalty for non-compliance.
Mr Kennedy said that “any extra cost on breeders resulting from the new scheme would not be tolerated at a time where many breeders are fighting for survival”.