Thursday, September 21, 2017
Allendale East breeder David Peckham was in Adelaide last night to attend a Breeder Focus Group session conducted by Greyhound Racing SA.
The session had been convened to explore the industry’s thinking in relation to breeding and discuss the manner in which GRSA could introduce additional support to breeders.
Representing GRSA at the meeting, attended by breeders from as far away as Whyalla and Mount Gambier, were CEO Matt Corby and Strategic Projects Manager Scott Wuchatsch.
Corby told the breeders that the number of SA litters bred – 61 last year – would need to rise to at least 100 in order to sustain the level of racing and as a result it was proposed that more money would be channelled into breeding.
“Our aim is to increase the rewards to overshadow the negatives we are now forced to deal with,” he said.
Peckham said those in attendance believed the grading criteria for SA-bred greyhounds, the SA-bred bonuses, breeder’s rebates and a national recognition of competitiveness of the SA-bred greyhound all helped to promote the local product.
However, they also believed there were too many pay-as-you-go SA-bred feature races, that there was a chronic lack of whelping and rearing facilities in SA, and a Greyhound Adoption Program waiting list for re-homing that was far too long.
Those at the meeting were also critical of what could be perceived as “red tape” and a lack of respect at administration level.
Peckham said the findings of the meeting would now be forwarded to the GRSA board.
In summarising, Corby said breeders were the cornerstone of the industry and that fact needed to be reflected in industry strategy as greyhound racing pushed forward towards a new and prosperous future.