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ITBA planning advice for beleaguered breeders

THE Irish Thoroughbred Breeders' Association is producing a print guide which will be sent to all breeders in the Republic of Ireland next week. Joe Foley, ITBA chairman, said the guide, which was planned at a December council meeting, was designed to address the problems breeders are facing during the recession.

"We're sending it free of charge to every single breeder in the country," said Foley. "It's a large cost to the ITBA, but we feel it's important to issue guidance to breeders at this time."

The guide, expected to be released next Wednesday or Thursday, includes sections on stallion selection, mare evaluation, and paring down costs.

>>The ITBA also plans to hold a national seminar on February 20 in Port Laois that will use an economic backdrop to address breeding issues.

A prominent economist from outside the industry, sales company executives and industry figures from both the Flat and National Hunt realms are among the planned speakers.

The seminar's purpose is "basically to showeveryone where the bloodstock economy is, where they can shave costs, and to give advice on how to tighten the model, " said Foley. "We're going to hit on every topic, and some topics might be uncomfortable for some of our audience or some members. But we've got to deal with everything in these times."




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