The AgriFutures Australia Thoroughbred Horses program recently became a levied industry in September 2017, with the aim to support priority research, development and extension activities to address thoroughbred industry challenges and opportunities. The open call is a first for the new program, which has recently established a five-year Interim Thoroughbred Horses RD&E Plan.
AgriFutures Australia, Research and Innovation Program Manager, Dr Melanie Bradley said the open call is fundamental for the overall benefit of the industry.
“This is a chance for the AgriFutures™ Thoroughbred Horses program to identify and fund research that addresses critical issues for Australian thoroughbred breeders such as improving foal health and development, reducing the impact of diseases and parasites on horse health and performance and improving horse welfare,” said Dr Bradley.
“The first open call for the program is an exciting opportunity for researchers to engage with Australia’s world-leading thoroughbred industry and to support AgriFutures Australia’s aim of delivering practical knowledge and innovation for industry members.”
The AgriFutures™ Thoroughbred Horses program is looking to fund research that address one of the short term goals specified under the six objectives in the RD&E Plan:
- Continue to improve breeding outcomes and foal health and development
- Reduce the incidence and impact of diseases and parasites in horses
- Improve the safety of industry participants and the welfare of horses and enhance the sustainability of the industry
- Promote education and training for the horse industry through opportunities for training researchers and by effective communication of RD&E to horse industry stakeholders
- Industry planning, economic benefit studies and market research
- Reduce injury and breakdown of horses in work and training.