Management and exercise of Thoroughbred yearlings during preparation for yearling sales in the North Island of New Zealand
Proceedings of the New Zealand Society of Animal Production, Volume 70, pp 157-161, Jun 2010
Article class: Conference PresentationPublisher: New Zealand Society of Animal Production
A cross-sectional survey was conducted to describe the management and exercise regimen at stud farms during preparation for the 2008 national yearling sales. A total of 1,166 yearlings were included in the survey, representing 82% of those offered at the Karaka sales in 2008. Ninety-two percent of farms (69/75) used a combination of both pasture turnout and stabling during yearling preparation, with most farms (47/75; 63%) giving yearlings access to pasture for >12 hours per day. Controlled exercise was performed on 80% (60/75) of stud farms, with most (54/60; 90%) farms exercising at walk. Management practices appeared to be relatively homogeneous across the farms surveyed. The provision of free exercise at pasture and controlled exercise were common practices during a sales preparation.
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