Local Land Services is providing advice to help horse owners understand andcomply with their responsibilities, following an increase in enquiries aboutmoving horses.

“There is some uncertainty among horse owners regarding their obligations whenmoving horses into and within NSW,” said Local Land Services veterinarian EveHall.

These regulations, which include requirements for owners to have certaindocumentation, have been in existence for a number of years and are not inresponse to COVID 19.

In the current circumstances, Local Land Services is advising horse owners toreview COVID 19 updates from the Australian Government and reputable sourcessuch as Equestrian NSW before making any plans to transport a horse.

NSW police may monitor travel around the state and can request necessarydocumentation for the transportation of livestock, including horses.

“We are here to help horse owners with advice and information on how to obtainthe necessary documentation,” said Dr Hall.

Horse owners who intend to transport horses within NSW by vehicle require aTransported Stock Statement (TSS).

Individuals can purchase booklets of Transported Stock Statements from LocalLand Services.

The only exceptions to the TSS requirement are when the horse is:

  • travelling interstate and their journey deviates less than 30 km into NSW
  • travelling across a public road from one part of a property to another
  • being transported for veterinary treatment
  • being transported to or from a show, exhibition, gymkhana or other event
  • being transported for work.

Horse owners must also keep a record of the Property Identification Code (PIC)of the property the horse is travelling to and from, including agistmentproperties.

PICs can also be obtained from Local Land Services and a fee applies.

With Local Land Services offices currently open by appointment only, horseowners requiring a TSS or PIC can:

  • call 1300 795 299
  • make an online enquiry at lls.nsw.gov.au/contact-us

“The take home message is that horse owners should familiarise themselves withthe existing rules that apply to the transportation of horses, and also ensurethey review current COVID19 advice on general travel before transporting ahorse at this time,” said Dr Hall.

More information on moving horses is available on the Local Land Serviceswebsite www.lls.nsw.gov.au under ‘Moving and selling livestock’ or refer tothe NSW DPI ‘Moving horses into and within NSW’ Primefact 860 atwww.dpi.nsw.gov.au

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