Equine Health Update February 2017 Issue - Page 43

EQUINE | News if on cue a beautiful rainbow capped the spectacular scenery of Table Bay. The Veterinary delegates of the ITBF held their meeting and disease reporting session as the start of a two day Veterinary Open Forum as arranged by ITBF Veterinary Chairman Dr Des Leadon from Ireland. The disease reports highlighted the fact that in most countries the Thoroughbred Industry greatly assisted their governments in disease reporting and monitoring of disease. South Africa had made great strides in assisting and collaborating with the State Body. During the Open Sessions attention was given to the worldwide shortage of essential vaccines. A large manufacturer described the current situation as challenging. South Africa presented a clear and concise proposed safe export protocol based on the latest developments. The conclusion was that African Horse Sickness was not insurmountable. The session on Genomics and Performance tests highlighted that it could become a useful tool for breeders in the future, but due to the complexity of the traits, the current tests are not conclusive enough. Estimated Breeding Value (EBV) will remain relevant and a good indicator is Black Type. Genomics and Disease made a comparison of simple versus complex traits and recent studies on Hydrocephaly Exercise Induced Pulmonary Haemorrhage (EIPH) and OCD. It illustrated the need for Industry driven projects. Under the heading of Breeding Racing and the Wider World, delegates learnt and discussed issues such as the need for better statistics which leads to more effective monitoring and lobbying. The horse industry worldwide is declining despite massive contributions to welfare and charity such as in Hong Kong. There most certainly needs to be formal forms of dialogue between racing and breeding. Recent developments in Veterinary expertise included the fields of Endometritis, Oxidative Stress, Orthopaedics and Diagnostic Imaging. A new topic of Breeding, Racing, Sociology, Psychology, Sustainability and Welfare was introduced to the audience. They heard the results of a fascinating survey done and funded by racing and others in Australia. It became clear that the issues are of paramount importance and not just a PR issue. They are to be dealt with in a meaningful way as not enough is being done to promote the way public perceive racing. People are unaware of the near idyllic existence of horses on stud farms as an example. The session on insurance highlighted the structures of Equine Insurance. It was apparent that mutual trust between the horse owner, their veterinarian and the insurer was key to a sustainable industry. Horse Welfare comes first. The AGM of the ITBF saw the structure improved and formalised. The ITBF was divided into geographic regions to create an Executive Committee (ExCom) for continuity. The regions are North America, South America, Europe and Oceania or Asia Pacific, which includes Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Ms Kirsten Rausing of Great Britain was elected Chair of the ITBF by the new ExCom. Delegates described the 2017 ITBF Congress and AGM in Cape Town South Africa as a resounding success and heaped praise and thanks on their hosts and organisers. The next ITBF Congress and AGM will be held in Lexington, Kentucky, USA in October 2018. Conference Coordinator: Vetlink Conferences www. vetlink.co.za Enquiries: Susan Rowett , TBA South Africa susan@varsfontein. co.za +27 (0) 21 869 8238 Dr Bennie van der Merwe namaquas@intekom.co.za +27 (0) 83 460 4066 • Volume 19 no 1 • February 2017 • 43