Changes to the collection of the Foal Levy

May 23, 2018 |

The Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association (TBA) believes that the welfare of thoroughbred horses should be the primary consideration at all stages of the breeding life cycle and beyond that to eventual end of life.

From 21 May, Weatherbys General Stud Book is offering breeders more choice in the ways they can support equine health and welfare initiatives when they register foals, via contributions to the Foal Levy.

Up until now, the voluntary levy was fixed at £19.50 per foal and included a contribution to both the TBA’s Veterinary Research Fund as well as the Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) charity. The levy has now been divided to give breeders the choice to opt-in to a £12.50 contribution for each fund, improving transparency.

All monies received by the TBA from the Foal Levy are directed to the Association’s Veterinary Research Fund. By contributing to the TBA’s vital Veterinary Research Fund breeders are supporting important equine health and welfare programmes including veterinary research projects with an emphasis on reproduction, and the infectious disease surveillance service.

The TBA’s fund has recently supported studies into early pregnancy loss, parasite resistance issues, and the Animal Health Trust’s new vaccine development research to protect against EHV.

The ultimate objective of the fund is to improve thoroughbred health, and benefit breeding operations through increased understanding of biosecurity measures, horse welfare (standards of best practice), and veterinary science advances.

Breeders’ support can ensure the TBA can continue its vital work to advance the health and welfare of the thoroughbred breed and the long term sustainability of the industry.

For further information visit the Weatherbys General Stud Book website: