Identification of Exotic and Emergency Animal Disease risks and minimisation strategies to Australian thoroughbred breeding industry
This project will collect information critical for thoroughbred breeders to manage risks to their animals and enterprise from exotic diseases particularly Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD), should the disease enter Australia.
The actual FMD virus does not cause disease in horses, however the agreed strategies to control the disease in cattle, sheep and pigs will impact on the movement of all animals, feedstuff and machinery used in the thoroughbred breeding industry.
The output of this project will allow industry leaders to advocate for better outcomes for breeders.
In addition, Fact Sheets and checklist information will be developed for delivery to the thoroughbred industry.
The project will focus on FMD as it is known to cause significant disruption to the thoroughbred breeding industry. However, research will also be undertaken into the suitability of prevention and control plans for Surra, Nipah virus and other potential harmful exotic diseases.
Information from the project will provide advice to owners and breeders to improve business strength and assist in decision making in the livestock sector.
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