“A high-level delegation from the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA), of China, arrived in Britain on Thursday 22 October to undergo a seven day study of the British Breeding Industry, which includes meeting industry professionals and visits to key locations.
The marketing initiative is backed by the British Horseracing Board (BHB), Federation of Bloodstock Agents, Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association (TBA), Tattersalls and Doncaster Bloodstock Sales. It is a direct result of their successful Outward Trade Mission to China in 1996, and subsequent Inward Missions in 1997 by representatives from the China Equestrian Association, Shanghai Sports Commission, and Guangzhou Jockey Club.
The delegation is headed by Mr Jia, Director General of Animal Husbandry and Health, of the MOA. One of the major departments within the MOA, its particular responsibilities which are relevant to the development of horse breeding in China include: formulating plans for developing the animal husbandry industry including breeding, protection and development of pasture and greenland resources, international technical and economic co-operation, and quarantine for animals.
Their tour includes meetings with BHB, TBA and Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food; and visits to Doncaster races and sales, Tattersalls, Weatherbys, Newmarket Studs, Animal Health Trust and Horseracing Forensic Laboratory. A Reception, hosted by BHB chairman, Peter Savill, will be held for the delegation in the Jockey Club Rooms on Monday 26 October.
Mr Jia, Director General of Animal Husbandry and Health, of the MOA, said
“”Britain’s bloodstock industry enjoyed a very long history. Its well managed organisations and high quality of animal health and welfare makes the industry world-class. I hope that through my visit the Chinese horse breeding industry can share in Britain’s valuable experience””.
Peter Savill, BHB chairman, said
“”We are extremely encouraged that such a high-level delegation from the Ministry of Agriculture of China have chosen to visit Britain, and welcome the opportunity to illustrate, first-hand, the excellence of British racing and bloodstock””.