"This is the first step in having our industry speak with a unified voice, and it can only be to the benefit of all Thoroughbred breeders," Turnley said."A divided voice is now united," Messara said. "This merger gives all breeders a voice with so much more strength when dealing with governments and various associations."Challenges are many and varied. Australia's sheer geography lends itself to a fragmented approach, something North American breeders understand only too well. A leading New Zealand breeder once confided that its unity would also be sorely tested by Australia's size. But the reality is that New Zealand promotion has always been ahead regardless of the respective quality and quantities.Another challenge is the bonus scheme that operates in New South Wales, a pale imitation of those pioneered in Victoria and successfully copied in Queensland. The two bodies have traditionally held opposing views about the NSW scheme, which is not supported by many of the Aushorse-aligned farms.
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