Horse industry input into biosecurity workbook invited

July 15, 2009

Animal Health Australia is seeking industry comment on a biosecurity security workbook which lays out good biosecurity procedures for areas where horses gather.

The body says that owners or managers of land where horses gather or are kept are responsible for the health and welfare of the horses in their care.

They are the frontline for horse health management, disease surveillance and venue biosecurity. The national Horse Venue Biosecurity Workbook is intended to provide advice to those people.

The workbook has been developed by stakeholders representing a cross-section of the horse industry, with funding from Animal Health Australia.

It provides the format for a horse owner or venue manager to look at their operation and, in a logical process, develop a biosecurity plan.

"All people involved in the care and use of horses are involved in ensuring biosecurity practices are in place and adhered to," Animal Health Australia says.

"All have a role to play in maintaining the biosecurity continuum. The development and adoption of biosecurity plans at an enterprise level is of crucial importance in mitigating the risk of endemic and exotic diseases."

People in the horse industry are invited to provide comment on the workbook.

Comments received will be referred to the review committee for consideration. The closing date for receiving comments is August 28, 2009.

The workbook will be reviewed in line with comments received and made available to industry organisations to print and distribute to their members.

It will also be available for downloading from industry and Animal Health Australia websites.