The New Zealand Breeders' Association (NZSBA) is pleased with the recent announcement by Harness Racing New Zealand (HRNZ) to cover the costs of DNA testing for all breeders in New Zealand.
This is a direct saving to breeders of $110 per horse and a strong signal that breeders' voices are being heard and policies designed to assist financially in a small way.
The NZSBA is a strong advocate for the breeding industry and has a direct representative on the HRNZ Board. The two associations meet twice a year to tackle industry issues and put forth views from the breeding community.
Chairman John Mooney had this to say about the recent announcement: "By absorbing the $220,000 annual cost HRNZ has signalled in a practical way support for current breeders. We welcome HRNZ's intention to look in the next year or so at also absorbing the cost of foal registration if our code's overall funding permits. This would eliminate a further $300,000 paid by current breeders."
"NZSBA at its Executive Meeting on Sunday decided to research in detail the various breeders' bonus schemes in Australian and other places. Various ideas have been tabled. We are aware of one of two actual proposals being developed now. We recognise that these schemes are usually funded out of the money for stakes and/or direct grants from government. The latter source is not likely to be an option in NZ. NZSBA will report to breeders after its November meeting on the options it will be discussing with HRNZ for future seasons."
We thank HRNZ for listening to the stakeholders and taking a step to help with spiralling costs to Breeders.