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    Oaks Selection Policy

    My original post was to highlight the cronyism and vested interests in the industry which to me resembles a shambles. I merely used the Oaks to illustrate my point. GRNZ needs to take ownership. This state of affairs had its roots at head office and has filtered down. I honestly believe GRNZ is starting to take ownership in the best interests of us all. New welfare initiatives is a good example of this and I suggest we all embrace these new exciting directions. Ray Amerl
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    Oaks Selection Policy

    Sorry you don’t no where you are perhaps if you leave your name and phone l will do my best to help Kind. Regards. Ray
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    Oaks Selection Policy

    I. know. You obviously don’t understand what this thread is all.obout certainly not about me or my dogs, Kind Regards Ray
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    Oaks Selection Policy

    If you Google the selection policy for their Oaks in our sister codes and compare it with ours, then maybe you will share my view that ours is indeed a shambles. It is not about who is in the race but how they got there. T?he Oaks should be showcasing our best performed bitches. Ray Amer
  5.  I have asked readers to look  on Google at how our sister codes select their Oaks fields then consider ours. Maybe you will share the view that the present system is indeed a shambles.

    Ray  Amer    



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    Oaks Selection Policy

    If you look at the Oaks selection policy for our sister codes, our selection policy is a shambles and reeks of cronyism. This nonsense has to stop. GRNZ have to take ownership of this industry. Leaving it to vested interests does not work. Ray Amer.
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    Dead baiting NSW

    Like any law abiding citizen, whether involved in the greyhound industry or not, I find the allegations against Mr Cole very disappointing and if true put the livelihood of many good, honest, hardworking people in jeopardy. As well we will loose respect for our industry. One has to question his motives and integrity. Surely a simple and honest statement of all the facts from his perspective is all that is needed. Failure to do this is very damaging to us all.
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    Animal Welfare Report

    Excerpt below from National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee report regards Greyhounds. Full report at NAWAC remains uncertain about the number of dogs which are being produced or imported each year, and where they will end up once their racing career is finished; in particular as even high grade dogs tend to only have a racing life of 1–4 years. Whilst re-homing through Greyhounds as Pets is offering one avenue for these dogs, there is a risk of this avenue reaching saturation point given the length of a dogs lifespan vs its racing life duration. We understand that NZGRA is on target to halve the oversupply of dogs by 2017. This is being achieved through the introduction of fees for each puppy registered; restrictions on breeding bitches under 15 months and over 8 years; and the requirement that bitches must have a clear season after two consecutive litters.
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    For any livestock industry to be sustainable it is absolutely paramount that its breeders are encouraged and rewarded for producing the best possible animals for the intended market. Obviously our present system to assist our breeders is not working as our breeders are not able to supply enough suitable dogs to meet our requirements resulting in the need to import. A change in policy is well overdue. Better outcomes would be achieved if all GRNZ racing series incentives were scrapped and replaced by incentives to improve our breeding stock i.e. a programme similar in format to that which the NZ Livestock Improvement Association adopted and which is now a universally accepted method of evaluating and improving breeding stock. Only the import of suitable bitches should be allowed and more races for females only should be programmed. Ray Amer
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    A Message To The NZGRA.

    The Board of GRNZ have failed us badly. Unless they act immediately to address the basic requirements of the industry (ie. supply and demand and the welfare of all participants) then we run the risk of being closed down. The National Animal Welfare Committee are currently reviewing greyhound welfare and looking into the tracing of dogs from birth onwards. We are now under the scrutiny of the Racing Industry Board. It has been obvious for some time that GRNZ have failed us badly with many seeing our industry as cruel and inhumane. Their inaction has put all participants and their livelihoods at risk. Recently I invested $2000 with a firm with an international reputation in animal breeding to produce a plan to investigate the genetics of our NZ greyhound population with the aim of turning our breeders into world leaders. Their proposal, costing $47000 was submitted to GRNZ at my request with the aim of reducing "wastage", which is the root of the problem. GRNZ's immediate reply was: "this is not something we intend to pursue at this time." They also responded by releasing a lot of useless, out of date frozen semen at half price, encouraging our breeders to further increase "wastage". How clever was that? Hopefully they will not now allow a mass importation of dogs from Australia to add to the problem. Look! Our challenge is to reduce "wastage". The present level is unacceptable to the general public. How does importing solve it? We can't rehome at present levels.
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    A Message To The NZGRA.

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    An excellent post from Aquaman with some very positive comments moving the debate along. As for my knowledge - the more I think I know, the more I realise that I don't know very much at all. Breeding is not an exact science but NZ has world leading animal geneticists and with their help we could easily become an exporter not an importer. To help towards achieving this, I have decided to invest $10000.00 on a preliminary study to guide the industry towards this goal. After all this is what NZ excels at, exporting. Must go and pack my bags. Ray
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    Read my posts and you will get the bigger picture. Yes I have used NZ based sires and have a lovely Piggy Bank pup that will get every chance. DDO versus DV - both nice dogs but the former has outstanding race records and superior genetics in my view. Ray
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    The legs and lashes post on imports is rather sad really because there is an obvious vested interest. Legs and lashes in unwilling to see the big picture of supply and demand. Imports totalled over 250 last year and previously GRNZ has stated this figure is acceptable and manageable. If this is so why do we have hundreds of greyhounds "missing" each year and a hundred plus waiting for rehoming? Imported greyhounds have a place but not at the expense of other industry participants. One solution is to return them to their place of origin but most importantly we need a sustainable policy. GRNZ seems unable to address even the basic needs of its participants. An urgent inquiry is needed. Ray Amer
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    Grandad 47

    Greg Kerr, GRNZ Animal Welfare Manager, replied to my post on rehoming greyhounds: " There is a misconception that the imports are a strain on the GAP rehoming programme. This is not the case and we keep a very close eye on import numbers weekly (the Racing Committee have agreed that if imports reach a certain level over a two month period that we will simply put a halt on all dogs coming in. We need to be mindful of the breeding restrictions and deregistering requirements mean that potentially we could become a dumping ground for Australian dogs, hence the move to address this if the trends so increase numbers. This restriction and our position has been discussed at Board level within Greyhounds Australasia. The GAP programme has itself been through change and the new programme director has made a number of positive moves. The waiting list is down to 91 dogs, the waiting period for dogs to enter the programme in the North Island is between three weeks and three months. The new kennel facility in the South Island means the programme will soon be matching the North. We are very pleased that the rehoming programme has hit our target of a dog a day which is a great result. February saw a record number of applications received at 65 for the month."