Department of Agriculture to undertake an equine census at end-November 2021

Fianna Fail Senator Fiona O’Loughlin has welcomed the announcement by her government colleague Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue that his department will conduct the first annual equine census at end-November 2021.

Senator O’Loughlin said, “The undertaking of this first equine census in November 2021 is one of a series of measures that the Minister has proposed enhance equine welfare measures It is also in keeping with the governments commitment to review and enhance the equine identification and traceability system with a view to better supporting equine welfare, as set out in Ireland’s Welfare Strategy 2021 – 2025,”

“Any person who keeps any equines in the State will be required to submit a completed census return within a specified timeline.”

“This is a welcome measure, and will support local equine owners in ensuring we maintain a safe and reliable equine industry”

Fiona concluded “Kildare is the equine heartland of Ireland, and we are home to some of the country’s top breeder, trainers and riders, so anything that supports the reliability and reputation of the equine industry is to be welcomed”