31 May 2009

Racehorse movements to be tracked

10:01 am on 31 May 2009

Movement of racehorses around New Zealand is to come under more stringent control to guard against any outbreak of viruses.

From Monday, 1 June, New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing says any racehorse away from its stable for more than a week will be recorded on a database.

The agency says the horse population is one of the most mobile of all animal populations and tracking in this way is a key component of improving biosecurity.

This database will allow a continual fix on the position of every racing horse in the country.

In the event of an outbreak of equine influenza, MAF Biosecurity would have immediate access to the information.