Queensland quarantine facility approved

Queensland Racing Limited (QRL) today advised that it anticipates receiving Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries (DPI&F) approval for Grandview Stud as a quarantine facility in South East Queensland.

QRL’s Chief Operations Manager, Mr Malcolm Tuttle, today confirmed that, “Grandview Stud has been earmarked as a quarantine facility in South East Queensland and expected DPI&F approval before the weekend.”

Tuttle outlined that, “as from Monday January 7, 2008, Grandview Stud, located at Peak Crossing, should be able to receive horses that required access to a quarantine facility to enable movement between zones both intrastate and interstate.”

“Horses requiring quarantining will be received each Monday afternoon after 2.00pm to commence their isolation period. On the following Monday, those horses that have been quarantined will be despatched prior to 9.00am,” Tuttle said.

Michael Grieve, the proprietor of Grandview Stud, can also facilitate PCR testing of horses during their quarantine period.

Tuttle went on to say that, “it is important QRL was able to assist in implementing this facility to enable the movement of horses both intrastate and interstate. In terms of numbers, up to 18 horses can be quarantined in any week, accommodating those either spelling or pre-training.”

“A number of connections have been frustrated in relation to movement restrictions brought on by Equine Influenza (EI), however, this is a further step towards improving horse movements.”

Connections requiring information regarding quarantine and the use of this facility are encouraged to contact Paul Brennan on 0408 985 797.

On another front, Tuttle also advised that, “the number of EI infected premises in South East Queensland had dropped to 827 today after reaching a peak of approximately 2200 in mid November 2007.”

“This trend is encouraging and is a result of the spread of the virus being contained through, the use of vaccine, strict adherence to bio-security measures and compliance with movement protocols.”