Bio Security at events

Discussion in 'Sticky Topics For Horse Showing and Events' started by mod 6, Aug 31, 2007.

  1. mod 6

    mod 6 Moderator

  2. cobbie

    cobbie Gold Member

    I don't have time to read it now but is it at every EFA event from now on or only in the next few weeks?
  3. mod 6

    mod 6 Moderator

    at the very top it says INTERIM, so it will be for as long as the vet and ag dept think its needed

    but long term it might be a good thing as well we might not have as many sick horses going to shows and passing other stuff on as well.
  4. cobbie

    cobbie Gold Member

    And who pays for it??
  5. mod 6

    mod 6 Moderator

    sounds like volunteers mostly maybe email the efa to find out for sure
  6. Lin

    Lin Well-known Member

    Please read the guidelines and see yourself that the measures that have been put in place cost organisers and competitors bugger all. Our riding club is spending less than $100 to buy some thermometers and sterilizing wipes. How much does a giant bottle of pine-o-clean cost?

    Honestly, I'm staggered that people would even question the cost, especially without actually reading what is required first.
  7. cobbie

    cobbie Gold Member

    Umm Lin, I was asking who was going to pay for the vet checks, as I said, im not in a position to look through it and read it now, so I wasn't aware it was "just a bottle of pine-o-clean" not a full vet check, gee sorry for asking!
  8. 3ponies

    3ponies Well-known Member

    Also at all PCAWA rallies & events :)
  9. Yikkers

    Yikkers New Member

    Can all people planning to compete, please ensure they read the Bio Security rules. All horses competing at events will be checked.
    Competitors showing at HOTY and the PRAC show will be required to be inside the gates at specified times, so that all competitors can be checked, and then the gates will be locked and only permitting vehicles without floats.
    Please check the EFA WA website for updates on gate times.
  10. mod 6

    mod 6 Moderator


    is facilitating A FREE Biosecurity Workship for Representatives of Equine Clubs, Organisations to discuss procedures for Hygine Measures to prevent the spread of Disease At Events

    7.30 PM

    information or to register
    9291 0202 or 9296 2920
  11. woki

    woki New Member

    Here are the new measures for biosecurity at events

    Biosecurity Procedures for WA Horse Events
    As endorsed by WA Horse Council

    The risks
    1. Infected horses, contaminated tack, equipment and personnel can transfer equine influenza virus between premises.
    2. Equine Influenza virus can survive on skin, fabrics and the surface of contaminated equipment for up to 48 hours.
    3. The equine influenza virus is easily killed by cleaning and disinfection.
    4. Organic material such as dirt, manure and straw may neutralise disinfectant and make it useless.
    5. If the virus is introduced to the State, then horses at events have the potential to allow the spread of virus. Horse events act as multipliers for the spread of this disease should an outbreak occur.
    6. Biosecurity procedures will mitigate the risk of spread of contagious diseases such as Equine Influenza.

    Biosecurity principles
    1. Maintain tracing details of horses coming to and leaving events.
    2. In general terms apply, a "clean-on and clean-off" approach.
    3. Interstate personnel and equipment should not have had contact with horses in eastern Australia for at least 48 hours before any contact with WA horses

    General Application
    The following guidelines are intended to be used as a minimum standard for all horse events in Western Australia. Individual organisations or associations (such as the Equestrian Federation of Australia or Racing and Wagering Western Australia) may require additional procedures (such as recording body temperature) as a condition of entry to an event. Event organisers should consider their affiliations and options when deciding on the procedures to be adopted.

    Before the event
    The event organiser must:
    1. clarify the biosecurity standards under which the event will operate, and ensure all participants are advised in advance of the event
    2. appoint an animal health officer (or steward) who will have authority to call a veterinary surgeon to examine any horse suspected of being ill. For the racing industries, this role is in fact the official veterinary surgeon present at all race meetings.
    3. arrange for a veterinary surgeon or veterinary practice to be available to visit the event premises to examine any horse(s) at short notice
    4. recognise that the attending veterinary surgeon will be responsible for instituting appropriate action in regard to any sick horse(s)

    The event organiser should:
    • provide advice on health conditions which will render a horse ineligible for admission to an event, including general signs of respiratory disease
    • require all participants in the event to submit a signed declaration as a condition of entry to the event

    The declaration should include the following:
    1. the identity of each horse
    2. the name and contact details of the person in charge of the horse(s)
    3. the address of the property from which the horse will move to the event
    4. a statement that each horse has been eating normally and has not shown any signs of respiratory disease during the three days leading up to the event
    5. authorisation for the designated animal health officer to call for a veterinary inspection of any horse and agreement to pay veterinary fees incurred
    6. a statement that all horse equipment and the horse transport vehicle have been cleaned before leaving the property to travel to the event
    7. the address of the property to which the horse will be moved after the event

    At the event
    The animal health officer must for each horse arriving at the event:
    1. check if the horse is covered by a declaration and if so:
    a. ensure that the signed declaration relating to the horse is completed in all respects before allowing the horse(s) to enter the event;
    b. retain the declaration for a period of no less than 28 days
    2. record the identity of the horse
    3. if the horse is not accompanied by a declaration, record and retain for 28 days:
    a. the name, address and contact details of the person in charge of the horse;
    b. the address of the property from which the horse will move to the event
    c. the address of the property to which the horse will move after the event
    4. examine the horse for general signs of health
    5. contact the nominated veterinary surgeon or veterinary practice and request an urgent examination of any horse suspected to be ill, especially with respiratory disease

    Owner responsibilities at the event
    Provide truthful and accurate information as required
    Carry out instructions given by the animal health officer
    Do not share tack and equipment between horses
    Ensure each horse has their own water and feed bucket
    Do not use communal water troughs
    Minimise any contact between horses
    Minimise contact between other people and your horse(s)
    Do not allow horses to eat any other horse’s feed
    Take home any left-over feed

    On return to the property
    The person in charge of the horse(s) should:
    • clean and disinfect all horse equipment and the horse transport vehicle
    • have a thorough shower, including hair, and change clothes
    • continue to monitor the health of the horse(s).

    Prepared by Dr Warwick Vale (Veterinary advisor to Equestrian Federation of Aust),
    Dr Judith Medd (Veterinary Steward, Racing & Wagering WA), Dr Richard Norris and Dr Brad McCormick (WA Department of Agriculture & Food)
  12. Satorii Lodge

    Satorii Lodge Well-known Member

    thanx to whoever took their horse to murray with a cold may not be ei but we still need to be careful and responsible and keep them home if they are sick

    and im not saying it was anyone here just asking people to be careful
    Last edited: Mar 18, 2008

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