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Taking your horse to the show? You need a PIC!

HorseShow time is approaching across many parts of the North Coast, and if you’re taking a horse off to the local show, you will need a Property Identification Code or PIC.

“The aim of the PIC system is to help trace back the source, and contain the potential spread, of disease outbreaks such as horse flu or Hendra virus,” explained North Coast Local Land Services District Veterinarian, Ian Poe.

According to Clause 37 of the Stock Diseases Regulation 2009 it is a requirement in NSW for owners of livestock such as cattle, horses, sheep and goats to have a Property Identification Code (PIC) when trading or moving these livestock.

A PIC is also required for other livestock including alpacas, llamas, and pigs if they are transported to a show or competition.

“The chance of a serious disease spreading increases during the show season when horses and other livestock are congregating in a small area like the local showground,” said Ian.

“Show societies have been required to upgrade their health and disease control measures, and collecting PIC data is part of this process to help with disease trace back.”

The NSW Department of Primary Industries advises that all livestock owners, managers and occupiers of land that carries cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, bison, buffalo, deer, camelids, equines (i.e. horses and donkeys), more than 99 poultry, or more than nine emus or ostriches, must have a Property Identification Code, regardless of whether the livestock are moved or not.

“Most properties already have a PIC, so it’s simply a matter of having that number handy to add to your entry registration or other paperwork,” advised Ian.

“For small landholdings that may not have a PIC, an application can be made to your nearest Local Land Services office for a new Property Identification Code.”

Application forms can also be found online at http://northcoast.lls.nsw.gov.au/livestock/pics

Local shows and other livestock competitions are important social events for country people. Taking sensible precautions to prevent disease spread, and cooperating with competition organisers in the collection of PIC data will ensure the show tradition continues to thrive on the North Coast.

For more information about PICs or animal health contact your nearest North Coast Local Land Services office or visit the website at www.northcoast.lls.nsw.gov.au.

Media contact:

Ian Poe, North Coast Local Land Services District Veterinarian Phone 0429 987 255

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Get a Property Identification Code if you’re horse is going to the show!