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North American foalings down ten per cent

NORTH American foal registrations are expected to be hit by a ten per cent reduction in 2011, which would result in its smallest foal crop since 1973, according to figures released by the Jockey Club at the weekend.

Four consecutive years of reduced foal crops in the states, most recently a decline of an estimated 7.1 per cent this year, brought the yield to its lowest in 34 years. And next year, foal numbers are expected to fall at an even greater rate - by 12.4 per cent in the US and 11.8 per cent in the North American continent as a whole.

The projected figure for 2011 is 27,000, compared to an estimated 30,000 this year. Canada is expected to contribute 1,800 foals to next year's crop, as was the case this year. Foal numbers in North America reached an all-time peak in 1987, when 50,917 foals were registered.

The foal crop projection, traditionally announced in mid-August, is calculated using Reports of Mares Bred received to date for the 2010 breeding season, which are to be filed by August 1 of each breeding season.

 

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