Identification Microchipping Parentage Verification Notice

As communicated in May of this year, over the past several years the identification, microchipping and DNA parentage verification of thoroughbred horses have been done by the Onderstepoort Veterinary Genetics Laboratory (VGL) in collaboration with the Equine Research Centre (ERC), on contract to the NHA. In prior years an average of 4 000 foals were identified each year and the number of registered foals by 31 July would be able to cover the costs.

In recent years the foal crop numbers have dropped below 2 500. Consequently, this has resulted in major cash flow implications for the NHA given the delayed recoupment from breeders, and the increase of the cost by VGL of approximately 10% every year without a corresponding increase in fees by the NHA. As a result, the NHA was left with no option but to terminate the contract with VGL as of 31 July 2020. 

Accordingly, the NHA in consultation with the TBA have looked at the option to balance cost and integrity of data. After an evaluation of several options, it was decided that VGL will still perform the identification, microchipping and parentage verification for the 2020 foal crop. 

As you are aware, members of staff of the VGL and ERC visit Thoroughbred Stud Farms during January through to April each year to implant the microchip for identification and take a blood sample from each foal for DNA profiling and parentage verification. This process comes at an upfront cost and in order to secure the services of the ERC, breeders will now need to pay for this service in advance. This upfront balance, and subsequent payments were previously borne by the NHA, and in many instances foals microchipped and sampled were never registered, thus leaving the NHA with a significant deficit that could never be recouped. 

For the 2020 foal crop, the Foal Identification Fee and the NHA Administration & Passport Fee may be invoiced separately should the breeder elect to do so. The relevant fees and deadline dates are noted below.

 

2020 Foals

     

Foal Identification Fee                        

by 10 December 2020

R1 050

VGL

 

11 December 2020 to 31 January 2021

R1 100

 
 

01 February 2021 to 30 April 2021

R1 155

 
 

01 May 2021 to 31 July 2021

R1 220

 

For the 2020 foal crop the NHA Admin & Passport Fee will remain at R460 and must be paid by 15 July 2021.

 

 

2019 Foals

   

 

 

 R3 049*

NHA Admin & Passport Fee       

 

R460

NHA

Foal Identification Fee                    

 

R954

VGL

Export Levy

 

R1 635

TBA

Late Registration Penalty**

 

R512

NHA

* The deadline for not charging penalties on the 2019 foal crop has been extended to 30 April 2021 and the fee will be R3 049 if paid by the said date.

**R3 561 payable from 01 May 2021

 

2018 Foals

   

R3 954

NHA Admin & Passport Fee           

 

R460

NHA

Foal Identification Fee             

 

R954

VGL

Foal Levy for Equine Research

 

R878

TBA

Contribution to SAEHP

 

R1 150

TBA

Late Registration Penalty

 

R512

NHA

       

2017 and prior

   

R2 804

NHA Admin & Passport Fee         

 

R460

NHA

Foal Identification Fee           

 

R954

VGL

Foal Levy for Equine Research

 

R878

TBA

Late Registration Penalty

 

R512

NHA