Foals To Be Microchipped In Ireland

All non-thoroughbred horses born in Ireland from this year onwards are to be microchipped and DNA typed in a joint venture between the Northern Ireland Horse Board and the Irish Horse Board.

Weatherbys introduced the microchipping of all Irish thoroughbred foals in 1999.

As part of the new registration procedure for foals being registered in the Irish Horse Register, microchipping and DNA typing (using hair samples) will be compulsory.

The number being used on the microchip is specific because it uses the new Unique Equine Life Number system (UELN), which identifies the country and studbook where the horse was first registered, as agreed by the World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses.

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Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief

Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief, received a B.A. in Journalism and Equestrian Studies from Averett College in Danville, Virginia. A Pony Club and 4-H graduate, her background is in eventing, and she is schooling her recently retired Thoroughbred racehorse, Happy, toward a career in that discipline. She also enjoys traveling, photography, cycling, and cooking in her free time.

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