News from ASBA
Readers may remember back in April/May last year ASBA conducted a breeders survey and 511 breeders across Australia responded 21.6% of those who responded were South Aussies.
Since then the World Trotting Conference held in Sweden in late May, four proposals were put forward to be adopted by countries.
Below are the proposals and ASBA’s response:
1)WTC: The use of semen from a dead stallion or one that has been gelded is forbidden and not to exceed the end of the breeding season following his death or date of gelding. No foal may be registered for an insemination performed beyond this time limit.
ASBA (that being breeding bodies in each state) agree 4 to 2 with the proviso that there is a grandfather period of no less than two (2) years to allow stocks to be used.
2)WTC:That ITA member countries limit the number of services annually per stallion by either a number of services or a percentage (%) of the registrations in the studbook, regardless of method. No foal may be registered from an insemination performed beyond this limit, and a financial sanction shall be applied (to the Stallion Owner).
ASBA agrees 5-1 there should be limitations on stallion books to with Australia as to the limiting number states suggestions have been anywhere from 100 to 160 (USA is 140)
3)That member countries prohibit the registration of foals born as a result of frozen embryo (ovum) transfer or sex sorting techniques.
ASBA agrees with this and has already be implanted by HRA
4)ITA members adopt country of origin code ISO 3166 suffix to two letters.
Australia already has this proposal in place.
HRA has asked breeding bodies via state controlling bodies to comment on proposals 1 & 2 by no later than March 31st.
BOTRA has served members and agrees with the majority on both these proposals and has forwarded their response to HRSA & HRA.
Return to Sires Stakes Racing
In recognising the local stallion complement HRSA advises that it has committed to funding a $30,000 2YO race in the 2022-23 season specifically for horses sired by SA based stallions. The Board believes that this initiative will assist in stimulating foal numbers within the state, as well as encouraging greater breeding involvement.
Additionally, HRSA will shortly be setting up a database of mares available for lease this coming breeding season, whereby anyone wishing to breed a foal, but who does not currently have a mare available, will be able to lease one for the upcoming breeding season.