Did you know that anyone who keeps horses in NSW is required to obtain a Property Identification Code (“PIC”) for the land on which the horses are kept? The requirement to have a PIC has been around for some time for livestock owners, whether the livestock is moved or not, but what a lot of people don’t seem to know is that even if you own just one horse you must have a PIC. The need for a register of the location of all horses (and other livestock) was recognised during the equine influenza outbreak in 2007. At its peak, approximately 47,000 horses in NSW were infected. Horse owners and industry workers faced dark times with major impacts on their livelihood and lifestyle.
The Hendra Virus outbreaks in Queensland are a stark reminder that some forms of animal disease can also be detrimental to human health. PIC information improves traceability back to specific properties enabling a more rapid and effective response to animal disease outbreaks.