Notice to Industry 15: Pregnancy status of mares/jennies at the time of export to Australia

16 October 2020

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Introduction

The Australian import conditions for horses, donkeys and mules are as follows:

  • For horses imported from the northern hemisphere, and by sea from New Caledonia, the import conditions state:
    1. The said horse is not pregnant; or
    2. The said horse is less than 7 months pregnant

This import condition is met if the last date of service of the mare/jenny is not more than 211 days before date of export.

  • For horses imported from New Zealand, the import conditions state:
    1. In the case of a mare, the horse(s) is not more than three hundred (300) days pregnant at the time of export.

Policy

Australia’s import conditions relating to pregnancy for horses imported from all approved countries is consistent with the World Organisation for Animal Health (Chapter 7.4 Transport of animals by air) and the International Air Transport Association.

Horse importers may submit a proposal to the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE) to assess biosecurity equivalency and a variation to the standard import permit conditions. However, since pregnancy is not related to biosecurity, DAWE will not grant variations to New Zealand import permits to transport mares/jennies that are greater than 300 days pregnant at the time of export.

Version history

The following table details the published date and amendment details for this document.

Version Date Amendment details
1.0 16/08/2019 Document created following policy decision.
2.0 16/10/2020 Changed department name, updated formatting and improved readability.
Last reviewed: 19 October 2020
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