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USDA Revises Export Regulations

American Horse Council Update

The USDA has revised the regulations pertaining to the exportation of livestock, including horses, from the United States. The rule changes go into effect February 19, 2016.

Three key changes have been made that can potentially impact how horses are exported from the United States. These changes are;
•The new revisions allow for the pre-export inspection of horses at facilities other than an export inspection facility associated with the port of embarkation. As few facilities specifically built for horses are available to the export industry, this change should have a positive impact on both horse and handler safety.
•Several requirements for export health certifications, tests, and treatments have been removed from the regulations, and instead direct exporters to follow the requirements of the importing country regarding processes and procedures. While few issues arose due to the previous regulations, this change should prevent conflicts from developing between the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and authorities in the importing country in the future.
•Under certain circumstances, the revisions replace the specific standards for export inspection facilities and ocean vessels with new performance standards. The adoption of these performance standards should allow for approval of more specialized facilities and vessels, increasing the options available to the industry at large.

In addition to the changes, a Program Handbook was created to provide guidance and specific information regarding regulations for export facilities, transport vessels and lists of approved laboratories and ports of embarkation. The Program Handbook is intended to assist owners and operators by describing acceptable ways to meet the requirements as described in the updated regulations.

COST SHARE FUNDING PROGRAM TO PROMOTE US LIVESTOCK EXPORTS

US Livestock Genetics Export (USLGE) has received funds which will be available to private breeders, companies, or cooperatives interested in promoting livestock, semen, or embryo sales in international markets through December 31, 2016. These funds are available through the Market Access Program (MAP) of the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) of the US Department of Agriculture.

USLGE sponsors and administers the branded program with the goal of helping the US Livestock Industry increase the international demand for US livestock and genetics.

MAP funding is used to supplement but not supplant private funds that would be used for promotional activities.

The MAP branded program provides for partial reimbursement (up to 50 percent) of approved activities such as international advertising, the development, translation and distribution of promotional materials, and participation in foreign trade shows and exhibitions. Funds cannot be used for travel or personnel reimbursement. An administrative fee is charged to participate in the program.

The allocation of these funds will be made to eligible participants on a fair and equitable basis as set by FAS and consistent with the goals and objectives of the MAP program as outlined by Congress. Funding criteria is based upon available funding, anticipated economic impact and the completeness of the application.

Applications will be considered throughout the year pending availability of funding.

Interested parties should request a FY16 MAP Branded Application and Program Guidelines booklet from US Livestock Genetics Export, Inc., 413 N. Broadway, Suite C, Salem, IL 62881, Phone: (618) 548-9154, Fax: (618) 548-9709, email: uslge@uslge.org.

Announcement of Cost Share program to promote U.S. Livestock Exports

small web bannerU.S. Livestock Genetics Export (USLGE) has received funds which will be available to private livestock breeders, companies, or cooperatives interested in promoting livestock, semen, or embryo sales in international markets through December 31, 2013. These funds are available through the Market Access Program (MAP) of the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

USLGE sponsors and administers the branded program with the goal of helping the U.S. livestock industry increase the international demand for U.S. livestock genetics.

MAP funding is use to supplement but not supplant private funds that would be used for promotion activities.

The MAP branded program provides for partial reimbursement (up to 50 percent) of approved activities such as international advertising, the development, translation and distribution of promotional materials, and participation in foreign trade shows and exhibitions. Funds cannot be used for travel or personnel reimbursement. An administrative fee is charged to participate in the program.

The total amount of funds available to USLGE for brand promotions is set by FAS. The allocation of these funds will be made to eligible participants on a fair and equitable basis as set by FAS and consistent with the goals and objectives of the MAP program as outlined by Congress. Funding criteria is based, in part, upon available funding, anticipated economic impact and the completeness of the application.

Interested parties should request a FY13 MAP Branded Application and Program Guidelines booklet from U.S. Livestock Genetics Export, Inc., 413 N. Broadway, Suite C, Salem, IL 62881, Phone: 618/548-9154, Fax: 618/548-9709, email: uslge@uslge.org.

Applications will be considered throughout the year pending the availability of funding.

European Judges Seminar

Carded judges and applicants from throughout Europe were able to take advantage of a combined seminar held the last week in March. The best part is that AQHA, APHA and ApHC cooperated on the venture. Joe Carter and Alex Ross provided excellent instruction for the combined group. We had 13 ApHC-carded judges participating in the continuing education portion and we had three applicants take our test. Rather than try to list all the folks who helped or hosted, just let me say thanks to everyone who made it a successful week. German hospitality was wonderful and it was great to visit with enthusiastic horse people. A collection of photos is available in the Flickr album (click link at left).

ApHC International Appaloosa Directory

Appaloosa Horse Club (ApHC) announces the new ApHC International Appaloosa Directory. This directory is an innovative way to expand your Appaloosa market. The ApHC will distribute the directory at international equestrian events throughout 2010 and 2011. It will include breed information, explanation of ApHC events and programs, as well as the benefits of ApHC registration and membership translated into multiple languages.

If you are looking for a new and exciting way to market your stallion, breeding program, or services this is an excellent way to be seen. In fact, over 26% of total registrations are international, with the top three countries being Italy, Canada, and France. There will be full page color and black and white business card opportunities available for $500 and $100 respectively.

With new technology available to ship semen and import/export horses, don’t be left in the dust and miss out on an opportunity that could make your stables or farm known worldwide. The reservation deadline has been extended to August 1 and all advertising material must be in by August 20th.

Download the information sheet and reservation form here http://www.appaloosa.com/pdfs/InternationalAppaloosaDirectoryAdvertisingForm.pdf

For more information contact the Marketing Department at (208) 882-5578 ext 235 or email marketing@appaloosa.com

2010 ApHC European Judges Seminar

The ApHC and APHA will be co-hosting the 2010 European Judges Seminar and Applicant School on May 5-9, 2010 in Kaiserswerth, Germany.

Please check the appaloosa.com website often for updates on the schedule and registration. If you are interested in becoming a ApHC European Judges Applicant please see the European Judge Applicant Fact Sheet and submit an Application with current 2010 membership.

http://www.appaloosa.com/show/judges-seminars.htm

For additional information please email the ApHC at show-judges@appaloosa.com.

International Marketing

australiaThe ApHC has successfully completed the first international shipment of frozen semen under our international marketing plan. The breedings were donated by ApHC stallion owners whose stallions and collection services met USDA export guidelines and Australia’s import protocols. A total of 24 breedings from two ApHC regular-registered, champion stallions should have arrived in Australia yesterday, Sept. 1st. The breedings will be part of a stallion service auction managed by the Australian Appaloosa Association (AAA). Proceeds of the U.S. donated stallions will go to start a futurity for dual-registered appaloosas in Australia.

U.S. Livestock Genetics Export, Inc. (USLGE) funded the documentation fees and shipping and AAA will fund the clearance fees, storage. Insemination fees will be the responsibility of the mare owners and AAA.

This is the first shipment of genetic materials under the Market Access Program (MAP) branded program funded by USLGE.

Notes from Equitana

Diane Rushing, ApHC International Committee chairperson, forwarded this note from Daniel Noff and Uwe Tolksdorff, on behalf of the ApHC Germany (with only slight editing). They are promoting the Appaloosa breed at the 2009 Equitana Equestrian Sports World Fair in Essen, Germany.

We write to you here from the fair Equitana( Uwe and me, Daniel) the team who also was in Augsburg at the Americana. We feel so sad that you cannot be here with us. But we can tell you that the fair is a big success for us and our members. In only the first two days we have earned 5 new members for our German Club. Including on this mail there is a little spot from our horses and riders here on the fair and also a photo of our stand with the team. Here on the fair there will be about more than 300.000 visitors. We hope you will be lucky about our news for you and we wish you a nice day.

Sincerely,
Uwe and of course Daniel

European Championships on live video

Organizers of the 2008 European Championship Appaloosa Show October 2-5 in Aachen, Germany, announce that live streaming video from the show will be available. To view the show, visit www.rh-video.de/rh_player.htm. News about the European Championship can also be found at www.aphc-germany.de and at www.wittelsbuerger.com, said to be Europe’s leading western horse website (probably true since they reach 200,000 visitors monthly). WittelsbuergerTV will not only webcast the event, but will also send reports and results after the show.

ApHC is again supporting the European Championships with medallions — and judges. Through the U.S. Livestock Genetics Export organization, ApHC receives funds to help with international marketing, market development and outreach.

According to our records, last year’s show included 261 open entries, 89 non-pro and 61 youth. The Aachen facility is an outstanding one and the show promises to be a true showcase for the Appaloosa breed.

Australian Update

australia.jpgby John Etcell, AAA President

As you would be aware, the entire Australian Equine Industry has been severely affected by an outbreak of Equine Influenza (E.I.). There have been major ramifications on the Australian Appaloosa Association as a result of this.

The outbreak first occurred in August 2007, right at the beginning of the Australian Breeding Season. The impact has been enormous with a vast number of our members unable to show their horses, breed their horses or transport their horses.

Some areas in Australia remain unaffected, however the major impact has been felt in the States of New South Wales and Queensland. It is in these two States that the majority of members reside so the impact is enormous. These two States have been locked down since August 2007.

This has impacted on the scheduling of the Australian Appaloosa National Championship Show. Originally scheduled for April 2008, it will now be held in Dubbo, New South Wales from the 22nd June 2008 to 2nd July 2008.

Following our visit to Oklahoma City last year, our level of enthusiasm and expectation relating to the relationship between the ApHC and the AAA was very high. The exciting proposals that were discussed indicated a wonderful year in 2008 for the Australian Appaloosa Association. Unfortunately, The Equine Influenza Virus has almost brought the Australian Appaloosa Association to its knees and has altered these arrangements dramatically.

Having said that, I am hopeful that 2009 will be our ( The ApHC and The AAA ) new beginning. It is hoped that the international proposals can be implemented throughout that year. It is also hoped that other international delegates and guests who expressed a wish to visit the Australian National Show in 2008 may transfer that wish to 2009.

At the moment there is also talk that a member or a number of members of the AAA Board may visit the USA coinciding with the Appaloosa World Show later in 2008. Should this eventuate, then it would be the perfect opportunity to reestablish the relationships and proposals began in 2007.

Regards,
John Etcell.
President AAA

International Marketing

uslge.jpgApHC and at least ten other equine breed associations were represented at the recent annual meeting of the U.S. Livestock Genetics Export, Inc. organization. The group met in San Antonio to discuss export opportunities, hear updates on specific regulatory and policy issues, and to share plans for FY2009. One of the main consensus points was the need for cooperation among breeds to take our message to various international customers. Working together, for example, on seminars and clinics for international judges and show managers, trade show exhibits, and reverse trade missions is a good idea for several reasons.

Funding for internationl marketing is available through USLGE and USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service. Applications for grants are submitted and reviewed before initiatives can be launched.

In FY 2007, the Appaloosa Horse Club has used funds to exhibit at or conduct trade visits in Germany, Italy, Brazil, Mexico, Canada and probably a couple of others I’m forgetting. We saw firsthand the benefits of establishing international relationships at last year’s National Show. A number of horses were purchased, the European youth exchange team participated in the show, and additional contacts were made.

Frank Larrabee, ApHC past-president and current chairman of the International Committee, attended the USLGE meeting along with Merida McClanahan and Steve Taylor from the office.

USLGE is a nationwide livestock-specific, not-for-profit, trade association representing the International Market Development interests of the U.S. dairy, beef, sheep, swine and horse breeding industries. Its representation encompasses the embryo and semen industry, livestock export sector, plus leading State Departments of Agriculture from top livestock producing states across the United States.