www.planning.sa.gov.au/ Department of Planning and Local Government Guide for Applicants – Horse Keeping http://dataserver.planning.sa.gov.au/publications/745p.pdf ERD Court www.courts.sa.gov.au/courts/environment/ 8 The Urban Stable Yard 4.
DESCRIBING YOUR HORSE KEEPING ENTERPRISE orses are kept on public and private land, using a range of horse keeping systems run for different purposes which may be as a business, for equestrian sports or recreational benefit.
To the general public, the differences between each type of enterprise are not always clear, but they will affect how horse owners interact with neighbours or seek to access public facilities with their horses or how they apply for Development Approval.
A description of the enterprise is one of the first steps in preparing a development application or a property management plan.
The description should include: • • • • • aims of the enterprise professional or personal goals who works with you to achieve these goals – family, staff, volunteers an overview of income sources and budget constraints, and short and long term goals for the property. H In the greater Adelaide metropolitan area, horse keeping enterprises can be grouped into one of the following: • • • • • • racing stables (thoroughbred or harness racing) equestrian sports stables equestrian riding centres & related businesses private or public properties providing agistment services private horse keeping, which may include breeding, or government stables (Police, TAFE). Some premises may have permanent horse keeping facilities but horses only stay very short term, such as: • • • • saleyards veterinary clinics transport operator holding yards, and overnight yards on public equestrian & show grounds. When describing your enterprise, consider what points of difference there may be between the types of enterprises listed and how your proposal fits in.
Descriptions will include: • • • purpose of the enterprise operating hours (hours of the day that neighbours can expect activity/noise) number of horses to be housed 9 The Urban Stable Yard • • • • • • • • type of horses (eg ponies, foals, racehorses) number of staff or volunteers (staff tend to be on site for more regular hours) horse keeping systems (how intense? paddocks, yards, etc) expected number of vehicles and horse floats or trucks parked on site or on the roadways expected number of visitors, open days, show days or event days how horses will be exercised on site (horse walkers, arenas) requirement to access private, public or club owned facilities eg pools, and requirement to access public horse grazing areas (even informal grassed open space). A sample daily stable routine timetable and notation of any peak periods during a week or season will further explain how an individual enterprise may operate.
It is always better to supply more information than you may consider necessary.
When basic information is left out, the authorities will actively seek this out to ensure you have prepared suitable management options for contingencies.
Not being open with your application is unwise and will increase the processing time. 10 — EPA SA Guidelines: www.npsp.sa.gov.au/webdata/resources/files/EPA medical waste.pdf Safe and Effective Use of Pesticides- a handbook for lifestyle landholders www.epa.sa.gov.au/xstd files/Water/Other/pesticide lifestyle.pdf Safe and Effective Use of Herbicides – a handbook for near water applications www.epa.sa.gov.au/xstd files/Water/Other/pesticide water.pdf PIRSA Fact Sheet- Disposal of Agricultural & Veterinary Chemicals www.pir.sa.gov.au/ data/assets/pdf file/0008/57806/Disposal Fact Sheet.pdf Drum MUSTER www.drummuster.com.au/ ChemClear www.chemclear.com.au/ www.zerowaste.sa.gov.au/at-home/hazardous-waste Zero Waste Hazardous Waste Depot www.zerowaste.sa.gov.au/upload/household hazardous waste depot.pdf 50 The Urban Stable Yard 9.
DISPOSAL OF DECEASED HORSES W hen a horse suddenly dies or the owner comes to that difficult decision to end their life, there are many decisions around disposal to be made.
This will be an emotional time, and have financial implications for the owner, so it is wise for stable yard managers to plan ahead to avoid poor decisions being made at a stressful and emotional time through lack of knowledge about options.
There will be logistical problems to overcome, and burial on site in the greater Adelaide region is not an option.
If the horse is insured, the company may have requirements to be fulfilled prior to euthanasia and disposal.
This need to be clarified.
Discuss with your veterinarian the options for both euthanasia and disposal.
Local veterinarians will know which contractors are able to undertake the disposal task and the most likely sites for burial or what other options are available and their likely costs.
If your veterinarian is from outside the district, they may need to work in collaboration with local veterinarians and contractors to ensure a smooth process from euthanasia to burial, especially as rigor mortis sets in within 2 hours.
If the death occurs on public land or public agistment, local government may also become involved.
A suspicious death, perhaps due to an unknown disease or poisoning, will have a very different response in relation to disposal.
Immediately advise your local veterinarian if you think the death is out of the ordinary.
The veterinarian may advise the Department for Primary Industries that there is cause for further investigation.
Samples for further testing could be required to be sent in.
These samples are tested at no cost to the owner if a veterinarian determines it is a suspicious death.
In some circumstances, the police may become involved if an associated security breach or other suspicious activity is identified.
Cordoning off and/or decontamination of the stable yard may need to take place in rare circumstances. Euthanasia If the option exists, a quiet area well away from family, staff or neighbour viewing will be required to quietly put down a horse.
This area needs to be identified in advance and kept clear of other activities or access blockages.
The selected site should allow easy access for either a vehicle and float or large equipment.
Consider screens if vision needs to be obscured and have a sheet or tarpaulin available to cover the horse once it has been euthanized.
Large stable yards, as individuals or groups, may consider investing in a “sled” which can be used to slide recumbent horses along the ground on.
Horses could be alive but unwell or deceased.
Winches can be attached to the sled and recumbent horses more easily moved. 51 The Urban Stable Yard Options for disposal On site burial: This will not be an option in the greater Adelaide region.
Off site burial considerations: • • Have ready details of people that will bury livestock.
Make contact with a preferred contractor, advising of an euthanasia time if known.
It is possible the owner may wish to remove the deceased horse for burial elsewhere.
In this case, an ability to load the deceased horse into transport is required, or, if the horse is able to be led, the owner may choose to load the horse first onto the float, prior to euthanasia.
Not all owners wish to be present – decide in advance whether this is their desire.
If there is a float or covered trailer suitable for transport of a deceased horse, it is easier to roll the horse onto a tarpaulin or skid and pull the heavy tarp/skid/sled rather than attach anything directly to the horse.
The horse is then taken to a prearranged site for burial.commercial transport companies are often in a position to pick up and dispose of deceased horses.
Check in advance as to their business requirements.
Some companies only accept “walk on” cases. • • • There is no commercial opportunity to cremate a horse in South Australia
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