The cargo valued at over EUR2 million was the biggest single movement of Irish horses to China ever more than doubling the previous high.
It was the biggest success to date for the Irish thoroughbred industry in terms of the Chinese market and the culmination of a number of years work by BBA Ireland supported by Irish Thoroughbred Marketing (ITM).
The airlift it is hoped will lead to further purchases by Chinese horse racing/breeding interests.
Over 90% of thoroughbred horses in China are imported from Australia and New Zealand but industry experts have claimed that this airlift confirms the growing Chinese interest in the more expensive higher-quality Irish horse.
14 hours ago #
I can see a puppy farm equivalent popping up.
Sorcha Ní Shúilleabháin
13 hours ago #
Only 10-15 were in training and the rest were bought at the yearling sales. It also stated in the video that they may not be the most popular pedigrees here in Ireland so hence the prices. They’re still much better than what are racing in China though..they’re getting a bargain.
17 hours ago #
I know it’s good for business however I for one would like to see some guarantees on proper treatment of these animals when they get to China. I watched that George Lee programme on RTé a few weeks ago Better Off Abroad about Irish people in Hong Kong the greyhounds used for dog racing there were being horrifically treated. The Irishman they interviewed who was involved in that industry in Hong Kong was visibly upset talking about it.
If any animal cruelty is uncovered all airlifts should be ceased although I doubt this will be the case in reality unfortunately money talks after all.