Hendra vaccine compulsory for Lismore show after outbreaks
HORSES at this year's North Coast National show will have to again prove they have been fully vaccinated against Hendra virus following two outbreaks on the Northern Rivers this year.
It's the second year the Lismore show has required all horses attending to be fully vaccinated for the safety of both humans and animals.
North Coast National president John Gibson said with so many people at the show in close proximity to horses, the mandatory Hendra vaccination for horses was an important safety measure.
"We made a decision in 2014 for horses to be Hendra vaccinated that come to the show and that policy has remained in place this year," he said.
"With two more outbreaks we see no reason why we shouldn't continue to do that.
"There's always some people that think that it shouldn't be done but our concern, not only for the horses… is that if we were unlucky enough to have an outbreak of Hendra at the show, it's the people that we've got to consider.
"It can be passed onto humans and if you've got big crowds around horses… we wouldn't like to have that on our plate."
Last month, an eight-year-old gelding died of Hendra virus at a property near Lismore.
In June, another horse died as a result of confirmed Hendra virus at a Murwillumbah property.
Only horses which have proof of vaccination will be allowed to enter the Showgrounds and compete at the events.
Exhibitors will be required to provide their horse's microchip number on entry.
Horses must have received their second dose of the Hendra Vaccination 21 Days prior to the first day of their arrival onto the showgrounds.
NSW Department of Primary Industries has been encouraging horse owners to see their veterinarians and works out a vaccination strategy against Hendra virus.
The virus has been known to infect humans and result in death through high level exposure to an infected horse.
The Hendra virus vaccine was released in November 2012.