In a first for the Australian horse industry, a workshop with a focus on horse keeping and climate impacts is being held in Adelaide on 14 June. To be attended by horse owners, researchers and government agencies, the full day event will provide insights into long term climate related impacts and how it may affect the horse industry.
Importantly, horse owners & event managers can raise issues of concern.
Organised by Horse SA, the workshop has attracted presenters from around Australia including Jane Myers of Equiculture (QLD) and Sandy Pate, Regional Landcare Facilitator, who is based within the Perth Region NRM. Jane will have recently returned from a Churchill Scholarship funded trip to look at horse keeping practices overseas, while Sandy has extensive experience helping horse property owners to directly to improve land management practices.
Dr Peter Hayman & Melissa Rebbeck, from the SA Research & Development Institute (SARDI) Climate Change Adaptation Unit, will share their extensive knowledge and experience working with agricultural industries, farmers and land managers across the state.
Dr Gary Muscatello, from the University of Sydney Veterinary School, will present on emerging equine diseases, many of which are linked to climate change and increased pressure on remaining natural habitat. It could be that there are more diseases of concern in addition to the high profile media cases of Hendra and Kunjin over recent years.
“Seminars such as this provide an important role in sharing information about the latest research findings & practical issues” said Dr Kirrilly Thompson of the newly established Central Queensland University Appleton Institute in Adelaide. “A survey report to be presented will show how horse owners have changed the way they are keeping horses over the last 10 years and are set to adapt again in response to concerns about environmental & climate impacts”
The event is being held at the Adelaide Showground, a leading example of event venue design. In what is sure to be an insightful presentation, Chief Executive Officer John Rothwell will outline the range of innovative features, which will see the inner city site become water and energy neutral in the not too distant future.
The Royal Adelaide Show hosts the largest horse show in the state each year.
Visit http://horse.org.au/2011/12/horses-climate-impacts-workshop/ for more information and registrations. A number of free places are available for national horse organisation representatives and horse property owners residing within the Adelaide & Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board Region.
Horse SA has, as a key goal, to make sure horses are a valued part of our Australian culture, community and business life. The organisation works at all levels of government, business and non-profit organisations through to grass roots horse owners to achieve that goal.