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Thoroughbred identification is taking a long awaited step forward in technology in January, 2017 when microchipping will be required for of all foals born beginning in the new year. Based on the successful findings of the “Alberta Thoroughbred Microchipping Project,” managed by Adrienne Herron, the Traceability Systems Specialist for Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, already 1,100 horses in that province have been implanted with identification microchips in the nasal region. “Microchipping was recently mandated in the United States by the Jockey Club for foals of 2017 and beyond,” said Grant Watson, president of the national division of the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society (CTHS), “It was going to happen here in Canada sooner or later, it just happened faster.” Watson said the CTHS has been working for several years with Equestrian Canada and the Alberta government in researching microchipping, which has been done in international competition horses. “Microchipping goes beyond the lip…

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