Have you filled in your horse movement form?
News release | 30-Sep-2020
- Horse owners need to complete a movement record before moving a horse in Queensland.
- A movement record can be written or electronic and must be completed every time a horse moves from one property to another.
- Horse owners need to include details of the horses being moved, where to and when.
- These records allow us to trace horse movements in the event of an emergency animal disease.
Horse owners are reminded they need to complete a movement record before moving a horse in Queensland.
A serious exotic or emergency horse disease would seriously impact Queensland’s horse industry, much like equine influenza did in 2007 before it was eradicated.
Keeping a record of your horse’s movements is a simple step that will help eradication and tracing efforts in the event of an emergency animal disease outbreak.
Biosecurity Queensland General Manager, Animal Biosecurity and Welfare and Chief Veterinary Officer Allison Crook said horse owners must keep a record every time a horse moves from one property to another.
“How you keep that record, whether a written hardcopy or electronically is up to you, but you need to record specific details including which horses are being moved, where to and when,” Dr Crook said.
“Some horse events also require a horse health declaration, which can be used as a movement record, and also confirms horses attending events are healthy and are practising good biosecurity,” she said.
“Horse owners moving from the cattle tick infested zone to the free zone must also include details of how they have inspected or treated their horse for cattle ticks.”
More information is available at business.qld.gov.au by searching for ‘moving horses’, or call Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23.
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