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Thoroughbred matings down

New stud book figures show matings are down compared to the previous year.

February 12, 2013 4:06am

Thoroughbred matings for the season just completed have dropped significantly on the previous season.

Australian Stud Book deputy keeper Jacqueline Stewart said figures for the 2012 season showed 20634 mares had recorded coverings by 622 stallions, a decrease of eight per cent on the 22510 coverings in 2011.

However, Ms Stewart expects the gap to be narrowed to five per cent after late lodgements and paddock serving stallion reports are received for a total of 21300 by 640 stallions.

While the breeding industry in Australia has withstood the global economic crisis more than most countries, and the preceding outbreak of equine influenza that saw the beginning of a downward trend in the number of foals produced annually, Ms Stewart said there was still a sufficient number of foals born to race each season.

‘‘Increased prices at recent yearling sales, both here and overseas, also indicates that confidence in the breeding and racing industry is rising,’’ Ms Stewart said.

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