Canterbury Industry Forum - Tuesday 13th October 2015
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2015 NZSBA Cup Eve Function
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2015 World Trotting Conference - global breeding trends
February 27, 2015
The opening session of Day Two discussed Global Breeding Trends and the common theme from all speakers was the ongoing decline in the number of foals being produced. With many statistics being given, primarily from 1990 forward to recent years’, both mare numbers and foals may be down but it could be argued that improvement in the breed has seen increases in the number of races and, in case of the United States, for younger age racing.
This trend across all countries can be attributed to the economics both from a macro perspective and the financial crisis which occurred in 2008 and micro level where many participants are no longer engaged in the industry or breeding as many foals.
What was clear is the number of Breeders that retain an ownership in some manner in their foals produced is high.
The Breeders Bonuses which have been an integral incentive and financial component for many nations may be under threat across Europe with the European Union investigating and questioning their acceptance of this practise and have argued they are not essential for the sector. This will only add further pressure to Breeders and the difficulties they face to recover costs, however ‘passion drives the sector’.
Ending on a high, New Zealand’s recent sales saw an excellent result with figures up significantly and to record levels for average prices and individual top lot sales.
The first part of the session devoted to Artificial Breeding was trends with work and tests being conducted in both stallion fertility and the early recognition of pregnancy in the mare with cutting edge research identifying improvements in stallion sperm life and strength and determination of better ways for handling a mare for pregnancy identification with the aim to reduce detection from fourteen days to between days six and eight.
This was followed by Embryo Transfer Trends and global work which has occurred over many years with animals and developments relating to horse breeding and the ability to transfer the embryo from one mare to another.
It was noted that these may not be permissible under the existing rules however they are trends across animals in general and both presentations can be used as areas where these open debate areas may need to occur in coming years.
Three things learnt from Friday
In Sweden 200-300 horses are sold through the Internet and 10% of sales now through facebook
France produces the most foals but only 2% of their breeders have ten or more mares
Success of breeding is not known until day fourteen