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Progress In Equine Export Protocols

Improvements in disease control and reporting

South African Equine Health and Protocols (SAEHP), led by Adrian Todd, was charged with spearheading the equine industries efforts to implement long term sustainable export protocols in 2017.

Horse Export

The equine industry has suffered due to onerous export requirements and SAEHP has been working hard in conjunction with the South African Dept. of Agriculture (DAFF) to improve exports for horses.

South Africa has been unable to export directly to most countries and horses currently have to embark on an arduous journey that takes a minimum of three months via Mauritius to reach Europe.

SAEHP and DAFF have made great strides towards resolving the issues and the onerous export requirements.

Improvements in disease control and reporting have been made at home, and scientific advancements coupled with international lobbying and awareness campaigns are starting to show results.

Adrian Todd

“We are now in the audit process. RSA DAFF has officially communicated with the EU with an update on the implementation of recommendations from the 2013 audit. Furthermore there have been no cases of AHS within the control zone for a period of two years”, said Todd

“A new EU Commission Implementing Regulation has recently been published in the official journal of the EU. The existing protocol requires 40 days of quarantine in the free zone.  Once direct trade between South Africa and the EU resumes, direct export to the EU will require either 40 days quarantine in a vector protected quarantine station or 14 days in a vector proof (lockdown) quarantine station. This is keeping in line with the OIE recommendations and the risk assessment study and is a major achievement towards our goal. We are confident of the improvements that have been made and our efforts are ongoing”, he added.

Todd concluded by confirming that the intention is for horses to be exported directly to the EU in 2019.


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6 comments on “Progress In Equine Export Protocols

  1. Barry Irwin says:

    A new release with no news?

  2. Annie2 says:

    I must concur with Barry. Spin doesn’t fool everybody.

  3. Liesl King says:

    Barry, the news is the new EU Commission Implementing Regulation that will allow ’14 days in a vector proof (lockdown) quarantine station’ as an alternative to the previous 40 days. That is huge! Two weeks quarantine and straight into Europe changes everything.

  4. Chris Swart says:

    Picked the flipper well Liesl.

  5. David Ferraris says:

    I have heard this for the past 10 years with ZERO results. Adrian and his team have been working really hard but I fear there are too many obstacles that will reappear to stop this.
    SA present the best value for money compared to any racing jurisdiction AND this is the real reason why the feet keep getting dragged.
    Everyone who has any knowledge of horses knows that the midge that causes the AHS virus CANNOT survive the harsh winter of the highveld and colder provinces and there is no reason why horses cannot get exported during this time. The Eliza test that was developed by Alan Guthrie has never been recognized either ? Why is this?
    It is all political and one can be rest assured another “problem ” will arise with the EU inspection team when they are here.

  6. Barry Irwin says:

    Au contrere Liesl the latest “no news” news release, nothing new just hoping EU accepts plan and it may work but I have faith in biology because one serum positive horse in buffer zone or control zone will kill the EU acceptance and immediately fall back to 40 day again.

    The manner this group had chosen to proceed is sure to fall on its face.

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