A well-known practice in biosecurity is to disinfect stables to reduce the risk of spreading bacteria.
Stable Shield Disinfectant is alcohol-free but is an advanced hard surface/multi surface cleaner and sanitiser that is manufactured to contain one of the fastest acting and most powerful germ killing products available today.
It is effective within 30 seconds and kills up to 99.999% of bacteria but contains no irritants within its formula.
Some disinfectants are not always effective against equine specific pathogens.
The National Trainers Federation (NTF) had the objective to improve the standards of hygiene at racecourse stables in 2019.
Research was carried out by the Irish Equine Centre instigated by President Ann Duffield to look at the cleanliness of racecourse stables.
Three Northern Racecourses participated in the research, which then led to discussions with the BHA Racecourse Committee. There needed to be a better or stronger method of cleaning stables.
With this new knowledge, the BHA General Instructions (BHAGI) now state that equine specific chemical disinfectants should be used at racecourses when carrying out a Level One clean.
Stable Shield Disinfectant has been put forward as one of the approved products to use. It was tested by the Irish Equine Centre and the Animal Health Trust against equine bacteria, fungi, equine viruses and diseases such as Streptococcus Equi (strangles), Rhodococcus Equi, Trichophython (equine strain of ringworm), Aspergillus mould (causes RAO and bleeding), Equine Influenza and Equine Herpes virus type 1 and 4.
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