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Racing industry in turmoil over Equine Influenza
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Equine Influenza - ARB Update

Australian Racing Board
 
Equine Influenza - Australian Racing Board Update

1. Equine influenza is a serious disease of horses. This disease has not previously been reported in Australia and should not be confused with avian influenza – they are separate diseases.  Two suspect cases of equine influenza are currently being investigated in Australia.
 
2. Transmission of equine influenza to humans under natural conditions of exposure has not been reported in the past.

3. Horses that are to enter Australia from countries other than New Zealand undergo post arrival quarantine procedures at Eastern Creek Quarantine Station in New South Wales and Spotswood Quarantine Station in Victoria.

4. Between 17 and 20 August, at the Eastern Creek Quarantine Station, 3 horses recorded elevated temperatures and signs consistent with a respiratory infection. Another three horses have subsequently developed nasal discharge and minor temperature elevations.

5. Affected horses and those at risk of exposure on the Eastern Creek Quarantine station have been tested for equine influenza as a precaution.  Five samples gave a positive result to a PCR screening test. Blood test results from the initial three horses with clinical signs suggest that one of the three horses had recent exposure to equine influenza.

6. On 24 August 2007, some horses at Centennial Park Equestrian Centre displayed signs consistent with a respiratory infection. Eleven horses have given a positive result to an influenza screening test. Confirmatory testing is currently being undertaken.

7. Any links between the two locations are being investigated.

8. NSW animal health authorities have implemented a state wide standstill on movement of all horses which includes donkeys and mules.

9. On the basis of the test results to date and the clinical signs observed, the horses in the quarantine stations will remain in quarantine until it is determined that the group does not represent a risk of introducing equine influenza.
 
10. Additional diagnostic samples are being collected from all horses at both Quarantine Stations in an attempt to clarify the situation.

11. A meeting of Consultative Committee on Emergency Animal Disease was held on 25 August to discuss the situation with state/territory animal health authorities and industry. It was a agreed that on the evidence available that there is a strong suspicion of equine influenza in horses at Eastern Creek Quarantine Station and Centennial Park Equestrian Centre.

12. It was agreed that all states and territories would implement a standstill on the movement of horses for at least the next 72 hours. Animal health authorities recommend that all equine events and gatherings should not take place during time.

13. All equine associations are being asked to cancel or postpone any meetings or events.

14. Horses at events outside NSW can return directly home provided the travel is only within the state where the event is being held..

15. Horse owners and carers are being asked to avoid contact between their horses and other horses where possible and not to move their horses.

16. Horse transporters are requested to abide by the standstill and ensure their vehicles and equipment are cleaned before any future use.

17. A call centre has been established to provide general information to horse owners and media will be advised of the telephone number shortly.

18. Where owners or carers suspect their horse may be showing signs of respiratory illness they should call their veterinary surgeon or the emergency number 1800 675 888.

19.  The ARB’s National Chairman of Stewards Advisory Group met this afternoon Chaired by Mr Ray Murrihy as part of ongoing work to achieve a coordinated national thoroughbred racing response.

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« 2007-Aug-25, 07:53 PM Reply #2 »
Urgent action required by all Victorian trainers 25 Aug 2007
Racing Victoria

Racing Victoria has issue the following notice for all trainers:

Please read the appended notice carefully regarding the Horse Standstill Order on Equine Influenza.

You must complete the attached questionnaire and return it by no later than 10am tomorrow, Sunday 26th August.

Our Call Centre will be opened from 5-10pm this evening and from 8am-12 noon tomorrow on Telephone: 1300 139 401.

You will be advised once all questionnaires are processed the current status of the Standstill Order and until that time all directions in the attached noticed must be complied with.

STEPHEN ALLANSON

HORSE MOVEMENT QUESTIONNAIRE

Have you had any horses transfer into your stable from interstate in the last 14 DAYS?

Circle: Yes No

If yes, please list below.

Horses Name

Sire / Dam

Date of arrival in your stable Place of Origin Transport Operator Any clinical signs* of / or treatment received for respiratory disease

If you have more horses than the form allows, please copy or print additional forms as required.

This questionnaire must be returned to Racing Victoria by 10am, Sunday 26th August 2007.

Return Fax numbers: 03 9258 4326, 03 9258 4695 or 03 9376 5281

Email:
cfcc@racingvictoria.net.au

Inquiry Line: 1300 139 401
|Name of Trainer:_________________________________________________
Stable Location:__________________________________________________

Under Australian Rule of Racing 64K: Trainers are required to report immediately any incidents of a disease to be of an infectious, exotic or otherwise notifiable status.

*Clinical signs: Elevated Temperature, dry hacking cough, nasal discharge, lethargy.

Racing Victoria advises of the following updated information to industry participants:

Statewide Standstill Order

The State Government has ordered the complete standstill on the movement of horses in Victoria.

Race Meetings

Racing Victoria after consultation with the Department for Primary Industries today, advises that, in addition to the postponement of all race meetings in Victoria today, race meetings and trials scheduled for Sunday 26th August, Monday 27th August 2007 and Tuesday 28th August 2007 have been postponed. The affected race meetings in Victoria a
Sunday 26th August – Ballarat and Casterton
Monday 27th August – Echuca and Cranbourne Training Complex Official Trials
Tuesday 28th August – Bairnsdale and Echuca Official Trials
Race meetings around other States in Australia have also been cancelled today.

Training

The training of horses has been cancelled at all training centres and race courses in Victoria until further notice.

Horse Movement and Transportation

In adhering to the order of the Department of Primary Industries, Racing Victoria advises that there are strict conditions in relation to the movement of horses.

No horse can be floated or led to or from a stable or property into a public
thoroughfare until further notice. Heavy penalties, including fines and possibly jail sentences, apply for breaches of this order.

In the case of a horse that requires for example, urgent veterinary attention and therefore transportation for welfare purposes, a permit may be obtained from the Exotic Disease Hotline – 1800 675 888.

Equine Influenza

Equine influenza (EI) is a highly contagious viral disease which spreads rapidly through susceptible horse populations. Affected horses not previously vaccinated will show a high fever, nasal discharge, a persistent hacking cough, and can be depressed and off their feed. Transmission occurs primarily between coughing horses via the respiratory route. Contaminated horse transport vehicles, equipment, stable hands, veterinarians, trainers and other people who have close contact with affected horses can also transfer infection between premises.

To protect horses follow these basic rules:
• Isolate new arrivals from existing horses.
• If horses are stabled, take twice daily rectal temperatures. This is an effective way of monitoring for the occurrence of disease.
• Segregate horses by age and use, eg, keep yearlings separate from older horses and pregnant mares, and competition horses away from stay-at-home horses.
• Isolate sick horses at the first sign of illness, keeping their gear separate.
• Wash hands between handling groups of horses. Handle sick horses last.
• Keep records of horses' movements so that they and their contacts can be tracked in the event of a disease outbreak.
• Control insects and rodents. Ensure there is good drainage and manure disposal and management to prevent insects like mosquitoes and March flies from breeding.
• When vaccinating against strangles and equine herpes virus, give the full course of vaccination and regular boosters, as recommended. Use a fresh needle and syringe when vaccinating and administering any treatment.
• Clean and disinfect stables, equipment and transport vehicles regularly.
• Clean equipment like twitches with disinfectant.
• Keep boundary fences in good condition.
If you experience an unusual number of sick horses with high temperatures or animals with unusual signs, immediately call your veterinarian, The Department of Primary Industries National Livestock Inspection Service Helpline 1800 678 779 or the Emergency Disease Watch Hotline 1800 675 888. This is a matter of extreme seriousness and as such, there is a necessity for rapid information regarding any suspect horse.

Trainers should also notify the Chairman of Stewards on 0412 528 243 or the Racing Victoria Veterinarian on 0412 191 828.

Human Decontamination

EI can be carried by humans and therefore it is imperative that any person who may have had contact with suspect horses decontaminate themselves before coming in contact with horses from other areas. There is an urgent necessity for high level personal quarantine as EI can be carried through contact with skin, clothing, footwear and gear.

The procedure for complete decontamination requires the person to adhere to the requirements of the Australian Veterinary Emergency Plan 2000, with further information available at:
http://www.animalhealthaustralia.com.au/fms/Animal%20Health%20Australia/AUSVETP


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« 2007-Aug-25, 07:55 PM Reply #3 »
Racing NSW Notice to Racing Industry Participants 25 Aug 2007
Racing NSW

Notice to Racing Industry Participants

72 Hour Shutdown of Racing

STATEWIDE LOCKDOWN

The State Government has taken the unprecedented action of calling a complete stand-still on the movement of horses in NSW. This is due to the overnight preliminary tests of horses at Centennial Park indicating signs of Equine Influenza. Racing NSW, after consultation with the Department of Primary Industries this morning, advises that, in addition to the cancellation of all race meetings in New South Wales today, race meetings and trials scheduled for Sunday 26th August and Monday 27th August 2007 have been cancelled.  The affected race meetings in New South Wales a


Sunday 26 August - Port Macquarie, Warren
Monday 27 August - Goulburn races and Newcastle trials

Race meetings around other States in Australia have also been cancelled today.

HORSE TRANSPORTATION AND PERMITS

In adhering to the order of the Department of Primary Industries, Racing NSW advises that there are strict conditions in relation to the movement of horses.

No horse can be floated or led to or from a stable or property into a public thoroughfare until further notice. Heavy penalties, including fines up to a maximum of $44,000 and 12 month imprisonment, may apply for breaches of this order.

In the case of a horse that requires for example, urgent veterinary attention and therefore transportation for welfare purposes, a permit may be obtained from the State Disease Headquarters-General Registry (Phone – 02 63913231). A local Disease Control Centre is expected to be activated in Sydney by 5pm today.

EQUINE INFLUENZA

Equine influenza (EI) is a highly contagious viral disease which spreads rapidly through susceptible horse populations. Affected horses not previously vaccinated will show a high fever, nasal discharge, a persistent hacking cough, and can be depressed and off their feed.
 
Transmission occurs primarily between coughing horses via the respiratory route.
 
Contaminated horse transport vehicles, equipment, stablehands, veterinarians, trainers and other people who have close contact with affected horses can also transfer infection between premises.
 
To protect horses follow these basic rules:

Isolate new arrivals from existing horses.

If horses are stabled, take daily rectal temperatures. This is an effective way of monitoring for the occurrence of disease.

Segregate horses by age and use, eg, keep yearlings separate from older horses and pregnant mares, and competition horses away from stay-at-home horses.

Isolate sick horses at the first sign of illness, keeping their gear separate.

Wash hands between handling groups of horses. Handle sick horses last.

Keep records of horses' movements so that they and their contacts can be tracked in the event of a disease outbreak.

Control insects and rodents. Ensure there is good drainage and manure disposal and management to prevent insects like mosquitoes and March flies from breeding.

When vaccinating against strangles and equine herpes virus, give the full course of vaccination and regular boosters, as recommended. Use a fresh needle and syringe when vaccinating and administering any treatment.

Clean and disinfect stables, equipment and transport vehicles regularly.

Clean equipment like twitches with disinfectant.

Keep boundary fences in good condition.

If you experience an unusual number of sick horses with high temperatures or animals with unusual signs, immediately call your veterinarian, local Rural Lands Protection Board veterinary officer or the Emergency Disease Watch Hotline. This is a matter of extreme seriousness and as such, there is a necessity for the provision of rapid information regarding any suspect horse.
 
Trainers should also notify their local Chairman of Stewards or the Racing NSW Veterinarian.


HUMAN DECONTAMINATION

EI can be carried by humans and therefore it is imperative that any person who may have had contact with horses at Centennial Park and Eastern Creek decontaminate themselves before coming in contact with horses from other areas.

There is an urgent necessity for high level personal quarantine, as EI can be carried and transmitted through contact with skin, clothing and other equipment.

The procedure for complete decontamination requires the person to adhere to the requirements of the Australian Veterinary Emergency Plan 2000, with further information available at:

http://www.animalhealthaustralia.com.au/fms/Animal%20Health%20Australia/AUSVETPLAN/decfnl2.pdf

HORSE TRANSPORT COMPANIES

The Department also advises that Horse Transport companies and participants will be required to decontaminate horse floats with disinfectant.

Further information regarding decontamination can also be found on the above website.

Important Contact Numbers and website links:
 
Disease Information:
http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/agriculture/livestock/horse/influenza/disease-information
 
Questions and Answers:
http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/agriculture/livestock/horse/influenza/faqs


Emergency Disease Watch Hotline: 1800 675 888
 
Other useful contact numbers:
Racing NSW Stewards: 02 9551 7550 or 02 9551 7546, Marc Van Gestel 0412 933 941, Steve Railton 0409 070 304.
Racing NSW Veterinary Department: Craig Suann 02 8344 5050 or 0408 020 403
Racing NSW General Manager of Racing and Commercial: Greg Rudolph 0402 224 704
State Disease Headquarters: 02 6391 3231
Further information will be provided as it comes to hand.


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« 2007-Aug-25, 09:45 PM Reply #4 »
Vigilance required in preventing the spread of horse diseases
Racing NSW
 
With news of the possibility of a suspected case of equine influenza in a group of horses currently held in quarantine at the Eastern Creek facility, it is timely to remind trainers and other industry participants of the measures that can be taken to minimise the spread and severity of an incursion of an exotic disease in the racehorse population.
 
Equine influenza (EI) is a highly contagious viral disease which spreads rapidly through susceptible horse populations. Affected horses not previously vaccinated will show a high fever, nasal discharge, a persistent hacking cough, and can be depressed and off their feed.

Transmission occurs primarily between coughing horses via the respiratory route. Contaminated horse transport vehicles, equipment, stablehands, veterinarians, trainers and other people who have close contact with affected horses can also transfer infection between premises.
 
Affected horses not previously vaccinated for EI may take up to three months to recover from the disease. If an outbreak of EI occurred in NSW, race meetings would have to be cancelled for many weeks because of bans imposed on the movement of horses in order to reduce disease spread, and the lack of fit horses able to compete.
 
Our first line of defence is a strong national quarantine barrier, such as the facility at Eastern Creek. However, our next line of defence is an alert and prepared racing industry.

By including some simple procedures into daily routine, industry participants can play their part in restricting the spread of an exotic disease and shorten the duration of an outbreak if one ever entered Australia.
 
Protect your horses by following these basic rules:

Isolate new arrivals from existing horses.

If horses are stabled, take daily rectal temperatures. This is an effective way of monitoring for the occurrence of disease.

Segregate horses by age and use, eg, keep yearlings separate from older horses and pregnant mares, and competition horses away from stay-at-home horses.

Isolate sick horses at the first sign of illness, keeping their gear separate.

Wash hands between handling groups of horses. Handle sick horses last.

Keep records of horses' movements so that they and their contacts can be tracked in the event of a disease outbreak.

Control insects and rodents. Ensure there is good drainage and manure disposal and management to prevent insects like mosquitoes and March flies from breeding.

When vaccinating against strangles and equine herpes virus, give the full course of vaccination and regular boosters, as recommended. Use a fresh needle and syringe when vaccinating and administering any treatment.

Clean and disinfect stables, equipment and transport vehicles regularly.

Clean equipment like twitches with disinfectant.

Keep boundary fences in good condition.
 
If you experience an unusual number of sick horses with high temperatures or animals with unusual signs, immediately call your veterinarian, local Rural Lands Protection Board veterinary officer or the Emergency Disease Watch Hotline.
 
Trainers should also notify their local Chairman of Stewards or the Racing NSW Veterinarian.
 
Emergency Disease Watch Hotline: 1800 675 888
 
Other useful contact numbers:
Racing NSW Chairman of Stewards: 02 9551 7500
Racing NSW Veterinary Department: 02 8344 5050 or 0408 020 403

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« 2007-Aug-25, 09:50 PM Reply #5 »
Severe penalties for illegal horse movements
NSW Dept of Primary Industries
 
People who move horses without permission during the current suspected Equine Influenza outbreak have been warned they will suffer harsh penalties for breaching movement restrictions.

NSW Chief Veterinary Officer Bruce Christie said moving any horses within a restricted area without first obtaining a permit could lead to a fine of up to $44,000 and up to 12 months imprisonment.

“Moving any equine animal into, out of, or within the10 kilometre restricted areas around Centennial Park and the Eastern Creek quarantine facility is prohibited unless a permit is obtained prior to movement,” Dr Christie said.

“The remainder of New South Wales is now a declared control area, which means movement restrictions apply throughout the state and there are severe penalties for any breaches of movement restrictions without a permit in the control area.

“Movement restrictions also apply to the movement of any equine products within the state.”

Suspected signs of the Equine Influenza should be reported to the NSW Emergency Animal Disease Hotline on 1800 675 888.

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« 2007-Aug-26, 10:05 AM Reply #6 »
First international horses for Victorian Spring Racing Carnival delayed 
26 Aug 2007
Racing Victoria
 
Hong Kong trainer John Moore, has decided to delay the arrival of BMW Caulfield Cup, Tattersall’s Cox Plate and Emirates Melbourne Cup aspirants Viva Pataca (GB) and Viva Macau (FR) for the time being, whilst the Horse Standstill Order is in place in Victoria.

The pair were due to arrive in Melbourne tomorrow (Monday) morning, but Moore will delay a decision on travelling the horses for at least another week.

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« 2007-Aug-26, 09:17 PM Reply #7 »
just a quick question when do we know whats going on?

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« 2007-Aug-27, 11:48 AM Reply #8 »
just a quick question when do we know whats going on?

It's looking worse by the day GS ,there are now suspected cases in the Waterhouse and Cummings camps at Randwick.

And with the way it seems to be spreading it could be game over for at least 3 months  ;(

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« 2007-Aug-27, 04:25 PM Reply #9 »
And with the way it seems to be spreading it could be game over for at least 3 month's ;(

After talking to our vet it is almost inevitable that Sydney Racing will be shut down for 2-3 months ;)

You take into account that now there are reported cases of it at Randwick the domino effect of how long it will take for one horse to catch then pass it on won't be 72hrs.

Lets just hope we can contain it to Randwick and the Pleasure horse's

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« 2007-Aug-27, 05:32 PM Reply #10 »
51 confirmed cases in NSW and three at Minden near Gatton in QLD although the latter not confirmed.

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« 2007-Aug-27, 09:02 PM Reply #11 »
The horses at Randwick have been given the all clear  8-)

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« 2007-Aug-27, 10:05 PM Reply #12 »
Trackwork Allowed as of Midday Tomorrow

Media Release
27 August 2007

Trackwork at Queensland race courses will be permitted to resume at midday tomorrow under strict conditions including the monitoring of horse and staff movement, Racing Minister Andrew Fraser announced tonight.

The decision was made following discussions between the Office of Racing, Primary Industries and Queensland Racing Limited (QRL) late this afternoon.

“Since the Equine Influenza outbreak was announced in New South Wales on Saturday morning there has been a total lock down of horses across Queensland,” Mr Fraser said.

“Race horses need exercise and given concerns over their welfare and the need to maintain fitness levels training will be allowed to continue under strict conditions.

“I must stress there has been no recorded case of Equine Flu having spread to the Queensland racing or harness racing industries and every measure will be taken to maintain the status quo.

“Subject to strict procedures, the racing industry will now be able to resume limited training at major centres from midday tomorrow.”

Mr Fraser said the following restrictions will apply:

  • Clubs are to make an application to Queensland Racing providing their approval for training to commence on their facility and agreeing to provide appropriate ausvet decontamination facilities and procedures;
  • QRL will monitor track work taking all details relating to horses and staff movement;
  • QRL will keep extensive databases on the movement of all horses and staff;
  • Training facilities regarded as high risk will be limited to a small horse precinct in the direct vicinity to each venue;
  • The horse precinct for medium risk areas will be enlarged to allow horses to be walked to the facility from within the defined area;
  • Low risk areas have been restricted to remote country facilities.

QRL Chairman Bob Bentley said the measures put in place will allow the industry to resume some degree of normality, however, it is up to stakeholders to adhere strictly to the procedures that will be announced.

“Queensland Racing staff will be in contact with clubs, industry and associations to detail the procedures to be followed,” Mr Bentley said.

“Resumption of racing will be the determined following further discussions and will resume as soon as practically possible bearing in mind the severity of this viral disease.”

Mr Fraser said the Queensland Harness Racing Board is expected to put forward a similar proposal to authorities in coming days.

Further information can be found on the Queensland Racing website www.queenslandracing.com.au or Queensland Racing’s hotline (07) 3869 9747.

Media Contact: Chris Ward (Minister’s Office) 0418 424 654

Claire Power (Queensland Racing) 0438 733 738

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« 2007-Aug-27, 10:06 PM Reply #13 »
Hope everyone is not jumping the gun on this.

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« 2007-Aug-27, 10:57 PM Reply #14 »
How does day form stack up against night form in terms lights etc or doesn't a horse know any better.

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« 2007-Aug-28, 11:53 AM Reply #15 »
AJC schedules racing for Chelmsford Stakes Day pending advice on horse movement
Australian Jockey Club
 
Following the negative test results of four (4) horses tested from Randwick racecourse stables on Monday, Australian Jockey Club (AJC) officials have met with Racing NSW Chief Steward Ray Murrihy and can confirm the following arrangements:

• Trackwork will resume at Randwick racecourse tomorrow (Tuesday 28 August) on the proviso that any horse showing clinical signs of a virus is reported to Stewards and does not take part in trackwork;

• Trackwork at Warwick Farm will be under the same reporting proviso;

• No equine pool work will be permitted at either Randwick or Warwick Farm.

Under the standing order of the Department of Primary Industries banning all horse movements in the state of NSW, the AJC is unable to provide any further update on future race meetings aside from previously announced cancellations.

The AJC will also move to cancel barrier trials scheduled for Warwick Farm this week under the standing order conditions.

“The negative test results have been a plus on what has been a very sombre day for the racing industry.  We hope that later in the week and without any positive results of EI for the thoroughbred industry, we may be able to look at the racing program in conjuction with Racing NSW and the DPI”, said Darren Pearce, AJC Acting Chief Executive.

The AJC is scheduled to conduct its next race meeting on Saturday 8 September 2007 with Tattersall's Club Cup day featuring the Chelmsford Stakes, pending advice on the movement of horses.

Note: The AJC Convention Centre is advising that it is business as usual and all non-race day events and functions over the coming weeks are going ahead as planned.

For any specific queries, please contact the AJC Convention Centre on 02 9663 8500.

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« 2007-Aug-28, 02:02 PM Reply #16 »
Birdsville races off this weekend because of the equine influenza crisis, it's the first time in their 125 year history.  Oh ! and no mounted Police horses at APEC.


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« 2007-Aug-28, 09:03 PM Reply #17 »
Call for assistance for stablehands
By Caryl Williamson[aap]http://aapracing.com.au/Story.aspx?page=RNS&id=19471[/aap]

For every millionaire racehorse owner there are thousands of people earning the minimum wage ensuring the welfare of the expensive thoroughbreds who contribute billions of dollars to the Australian economy.

Those are the people Racing NSW chief executive Peter V'Landys says must be looked after during the current equine influenza (EI) crisis which has crippled the racing and breeding industry.

V'Landys has called for the situation to be called a natural disaster and says it is imperative assistance is immediately made available to those who need it most.

"It is an absolute furphy to say those in the industry are wealthy, most of our 50,000 workers are battlers on $30,000 to $40,000," V'Landys said.

"They've got mortgages and every other expense and it is a big emotional strain because of the uncertainty.

"My concern is my participants and I don't care what kind of disaster you want to call it, they just want financial assistance.

"The longer it goes it is a natural disaster.

"We need to take the measures necessary to protect the incomes of our participants.

"I had a single mother call me and say she couldn't pay the rent or buy groceries because she couldn't ride trackwork.

"Those are the sorts of people we need to help now."

While most trainers have so far resisted laying people off, V'Landys said thousands would be out of work if racing did not resume soon.

"In a 16 horse field, only three jockeys earn prizemoney and that leaves thirteen who are earning just the riding fee," he said.

"Without that, how can they earn a living."

Jockeys earn $130.75 per race ride and $45.76 per ride in barrier trials but are not required to be paid for trackwork. They would generally be rewarded with race rides.

Stablehands and trackwork riders who don't ride in races earn a basic wage for a split shift, usually starting work around 4am.

Racehorses also required the constant attention of farriers, dentists and veterinarians who are currently restricted in their access to Sydney's training centres.

The hardest hit is Randwick Racecourse which has been locked down indefinitely due to its proximity to Centennial Park where horses at an equestrian centre became infected with EI.

Federal Agriculture Minister Peter McGauran said the issue of compensation was complex and hard to quantify.

"It's too early, and we couldn't even quantify the loss. We do know it's in the tens of millions of dollars," he told SKY News.

"But that's mostly in lost economic opportunity.

"With the resuming of racing everywhere all going well - apart from Queensland and NSW - on the weekend, that will mitigate against the worst economic effects.

"The government is supportive of the racing and breeding industries and we will be having discussions with them.

"But I should not hold out the hope of any sort of compensation or relief on the scale of natural disasters.

"Who would you pay compensation to? The breeders, the racehorse owners, the farriers, the jockeys, the trainers and so on. This is very complex and quite difficult."

Not so, says V'Landys.

"It's not that complex or difficult," he said.

"Pay the lowly paid workers, the strappers, the battlers, anyone affected by this."

That would also include the bloke who earns a few dollars walking around behind the horses in the mounting yard on race day with a shovel.

It may not appeal to everyone, but it's an honest living.

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« 2007-Aug-28, 09:06 PM Reply #18 »
Six Restricted Areas declared for horse flu in NSW
NSW Dept of Primary Industries

Chief Veterinary Officer Bruce Christie said on Tuesday horse owners require permits to move horses, horse vehicles and equipment within Restricted Areas declared for Equine Influenza in NSW.

“There are now six key Restricted Areas in NSW – three around the Sydney area and others near Parkes in the Central West, Berry (near Nowra) on the south coast, Moonbi (near Tamworth) in the north west,” he said.

The requirements in these areas are more stringent than elsewhere in the State.

There is a standstill on all horse movements across the whole State but within the Restricted Areas there is ALSO a requirement for a permit to move horses, horse vehicles and equipment. The standstill also applies to mules, donkeys and other animals in the horse family.

“Permits will only be issued after stringent risk assessments have been conducted,” he said

Mr Christie said horse owners need to know whether their property is in a NSW restricted area.

The exact locations of the Restricted Areas for Equine Influenza in NSW a
• The Local Government Areas in north west Sydney administered by Councils at Baulkham Hills, Blacktown, Fairfield, Gosford, Hawkesbury, Holroyd, Penrith and Wyong
• The Local Government Areas around Centennial Park including Sydney, Woollahra, Randwick, Waverly, Botany Bay, Leichhardt, Marrickville, and the eastern parts of Canterbury, Ashfield, Rockdale and Canada Bay.
• within 10km radius of Mount Hunter
• within 10km radius of Parkes Showground
• within 10km radius of Broughton Village (via Berry)
• within 10km radius of Moonbi

“Maps and location information can be found on the website www.dpi.nsw.gov/equine-influenza or you can call the hotline on 1800 675 888,” he said.

“If you are not sure whether you are in the area but would like to know contact 1800 675 888.”

Mr Christie said stamping out this disease can only be achieved by isolating affected animals and implementing strong movement controls, especially close to affected properties.

“The virus can be carried on vehicles and equipment.”

“So permits for movement of horses, horse vehicles and equipment for the Restricted Areas will only be granted in exceptional circumstances. In such cases people can call the Local Disease Control Centre at Menangle for movement permits on (02) 4640 6567 or (02) 4640 6577,” he said.

“I appeal to all horse owners as well as workers in the industry to do the right thing and abide by these rules in difficult times,” he said.

“The message for horse owners everywhere is to report any flu-like symptoms in your horse to your local private veterinarian and contact the veterinary investigations section on 4640 6561.”

People and other animals can move freely anywhere in the State, except across official quarantine lines around the infected properties.

Additional Restricted Areas are likely to be announced shortly.

Contacts:

NSW Equine Influenza Hotline  1800 675 888

Media Unit    (02) 6391 3452

Veterinary investigations  (02) 4640 6561

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« 2007-Aug-29, 03:03 PM Reply #19 »
The AJC is planning to run barrier trials at Warwick Farm and Randwick next week for horses trained at either track.

The postponed Warwick Farm trials are now scheduled for next Tuesday, Sept 4 while Randwick-trained gallopers will trial the next day.

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« 2007-Aug-29, 03:23 PM Reply #20 »
Hamilton Horse Tests Negative to EI

Racing Victoria

The Department of Primary Industries (DPI) has notified Racing Victoria Limited (RVL) Director of Veterinary Services Dr John McCaffrey that tests taken on Tuesday from a horse stabled at the Hamilton racecourse were returned negative to Equine Influenza (EI).

The horse had shown some symptoms with a nasal discharge, which had been reported by the trainer to DPI and RVL as a pre-cautionary measure. Action was taken immediately.

The unconfirmed medical status of that horse delayed RVL applying for a permit to allow training at Hamilton Racecourse.

Dr McCaffrey said the trainer involved took a thoroughly responsible approach to the situation and the continued vigilance of all horse owners is paramount in ensuring Victoria remains EI virus free.

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« 2007-Aug-29, 03:28 PM Reply #21 »
Additional Training Venues Approved
Racing Victoria

Approval has been granted today by the Department of Primary Industry (DPI) to resume training from 4am on Wednesday, 29 August 2007 at a further 27 racecourses and training venues in addition to the approvals granted for Caulfield and Flemington Racecourses yesterday.

The permits specify that only horses stabled at the racecourses listed below, or from specified stables in the precinct in close proximity to the racecourse (for walk on to the venue), will be permitted to train at the venue.

1. Ararat Racecourse
2. Ballarat Racecourse
3. Benalla Racecourse
4. Bendigo Racecourse
5. Camperdown Racecourse
6. Colac Racecourse
7. Cranbourne Training Complex
8. Echuca Racecourse
9. Geelong Racecourse
10. Kerang Racecourse
11. Kilmore Racecourse
12. Kyneton Racecourse
13. Mansfield Racecourse
14. Mildura Racecourse
15. Mornington Racecourse
16. Murtoa Racecourse
17. Pakenham Racecourse
18. Sale Racecourse
19. Seymour Racecourse
20. Stawell Racecourse
21. Swan Hill Racecourse
22. Tatura Racecourse
23. Terang Racecourse
24. Wangaratta Racecourse
25. Warracknabeal Racecourse
26. Warrnambool Racecourse
27. Wodonga Racecourse

This decision is taken in consideration of the management of risk associated and logistics involved. Central to this decision is the information obtained from trainers that none of the horses at those stables have come into contact with leisure horses whose medical status raises suspicion.

The Horse Standstill Order put in place by the Victorian Government remains in place until 1pm on Friday 31 August, 2007. In the meantime all movement of horses is prohibited. No horse can be floated or led to or from a stable or property into a public thoroughfare until further notice, without the express permission of the DPI. Serious penalties apply for any breach of the order.

RVL will continue to work with DPI, the remaining venues and affected trainers to seek approval for permission to resume training as soon as possible.

Biosecurity protocols

BiosecurityInstructionsforTrainers-28Aug07v3.pdf BiosecurityInstructionsforTrainers-28Aug07v3.pdf
BiosecurityInstructionsforClubs-28Aug07.pdf BiosecurityInstructionsforClubs-28Aug07.pdf

Containment remains the most effective strategy for defence against EI and every precaution is being taken to minimise the risk of an outbreak in Victoria.

Attached is a document which outlines the biosecurity protocols that are required to be implemented by trainers, track riders, stable assistants and service providers in contact with racehorses at the approved training venues. Under the Rules of Racing you are required to read these protocols very carefully and ensure you and all persons in contact with your horses implement the procedures. Failure to do so is a breach of the Rules of Racing and may place the process of resuming training and racing in jeopardy.

RVL appreciates the level of co-operation provided by trainers to obtain detailed information from them on the movement of horses to their stables from interstate within the last 14 days. This information is critical in the process for resuming racing as soon as possible. The same protocols also apply to horses that are not racing or in training that you come in contact with.

Racing Program
Despite the extension of the Standstill Order until 1pm on Friday, we remain confident that racing will be able to resume by this Saturday, and we are working towards that goal. We have scheduled additional meetings throughout next week from Saturday through to Friday to make up for the lost meetings. This program may however change as the situation evolves.

Non-declaration and G&L Nomination Fees Waived
For the period from 1 September through to and including meetings conducted on 7 September, all non-declaration fees will be waived. For all non acceptors in Group & Listed races conducted during this period the nomination fees will also be waived.

Prize money Payments
The next stakes payment scheduled for Monday 10 September will now be brought forward to not later than Wednesday 5 September, in an effort to assist with cash flow for participants.

Further Information
Trainers will be provided with further updated information on the EI situation, the status of venues and the race program as soon as it comes to hand. Should you have any further questions please refer regularly to the website www.racingvictoria.net.au for updates or call the RVL Contact Centre on 1300 139 401.


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« 2007-Aug-30, 09:40 AM Reply #22 »
that is not good news to start the day  cross fingers everything is ok

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« 2007-Aug-30, 10:30 AM Reply #23 »
V'Landys said it appeared the latest outbreak was transferred in an innocent mistake by a track rider who rode at both Randwick and the Centennial Park stables.

"Late last week he was probably totally oblivious to the fact that there was an influenza," V'Landys said.

"He rode at Centennial Park then went to Randwick for his normal duties not knowing he may have been carrying the influenza on his clothes or on his gear on his boots or on his skin, that's how contagious it is."

how could that be innocent? i said it only takes one idiot!

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« 2007-Aug-30, 02:45 PM Reply #24 »
Eight horses have tested positive to EI at Randwick
Clinton Payne
Thursday, 30 August 2007


Minister for Primary Industries Ian Macdonald has confirmed at a press conference that eight of the 10 horses analysed from the Anthony Cummings stable at Randwick have tested positive to Equine Influenza.
 
The minister confirmed tests carried out on horses at Warwick Farm, Rosehill, Newcastle and Dubbo returned negative results.
 
This story will be updated shortly
 watch it spread like wild fire now! this is not good news


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