Hunter Local Land Services is reminding all horse owners they must have a Property Identification Code (PIC) and in some circumstances require a Transported Stock Statement (TSS) if they are moving horses in NSW.
Transported Stock Statements and PIC numbers are important biosecurity measures and are critical for monitoring and reporting outbreaks of viruses such as Equine Influenza.
Hunter Local Land Services District Vet Kristi Arnot said it is a legal requirement to have a PIC number, and equine organisations and event coordinators are enforcing this at local events.
“With local agricultural show season underway, horse owners attending these and many other equine events will find they are being asked to supply a PIC number,” said Dr Arnot.
“Ignorance is not acceptable, if a sick horse attends a local event, we need to be able to trace where it came from, and stop any disease outbreaks at the source.
"This is not a new regulation and applies even if you only own a pony for the kids.
“Even if your horse never leaves your property, you are still required to have a PIC.”
You are required to have a TSS on hand for all horse movements, unless you have:
• horses being transported to or from any agricultural show, exhibition, gymkhana, pony club meeting or similar function,
• racehorses or harness racing horses being transported from one place to another,
• horses being transported to or from any place for use as working horses,
• horses being transported to and from a place for veterinary treatment.
Authorities may stop your vehicle and request to see your statement at any time.
“PIC numbers and Transport statements are crucial to maintaining Australia’s enviable disease free status for so many dreadful viruses,” said Dr Arnot.
For more details about a PIC number or Travelling Stock Statement booklet, call 1300 795 299, or visit your nearest Local Land Services office.