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WFFS: CHANGES IN THE BREEDING REGULATION 2019

Since the 1st November 2018, a new EU-Animal Breeding Regulation has been established. The German regulation of the ZVO (Zuchtverbandsordnung) will adjust accordingly. One of the new rules is the test for sires for the gene defect of WWS (Warmblood Fragile Foal Syndrome).

Since the 1st November 2018, in the new EU-Animal Breeding Regulation it says that the consideration of health traits such as defects or irregularities is mandatory. The test for WFFS is implied in this statement.

Breeding associations need to point out the WFFS on their websites starting 2019 as the new regulations also affect the German breeding area. The ZVO requires a WFFS chapter to be included in the breeding program. In some small breeds and pony breeds and also cold bloods there are also examinations for gene defects that have been going on for a longer period of time. The WFFS test compulsion for 2019 for riding horse stallions was initiated in September in a meeting of the Breeding Department of the German National Equestrian Federation (FN).

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