National Equine Database to close

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The National Equine Database (NED) is set to close in September after an announcement from the government that it will no longer fund it.

NED was launched in 2008 to centralise horse data throughout the UK but the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) confirmed the contract wouldn't be renewed.

There are currently over one million horses registered with the NED.

All NED services including horse search, lost and stolen registers, horse associations, passport check and equine reminders will no longer be available from next month.

Chief executive of the British Equestrian Federation (BEF) Andrew Finding said it is concerned about the need for robust disease surveillance to be underpinned by a database.

"We are also keen to retain a database for the British Equestrian Federation where we seek to support the effective breeding of British sport and recreational horses and ponies," the expert was quoted as saying.

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