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Turkmen horses microchipped in North Khorassan in time for races set for Nov 23-24

Tehran, Nov 2, IRNA-Six hundred Turkmen horses have been microchipped in Iran's North Khorasan province, which has 1,000 of these horses, the head of the province's horseracing board said.

Microchips containing unique identification numbers were implanted in the horses after subjecting the animals to several blood and medical tests, Abdoljalil Ghiadi was quoted by Iran Daily as saying.

Information on microchips can be read universally by using special scanners, he added.

The official explained that blood samples of the Turkmen horses had been sent to Germany for genetic studies in modern laboratories.

Ghiadi unveiled that ancestral charts of Turkmen horses will be printed soon.

He said that microchipping of the Turkmen horses will facilitate their export.

He recalled that a by-law on the export of Turkmen horses had been drafted by the Agriculture Ministry.

Ghiadi cited national regulations on the export of domestic livestock which allow cross and pure breed Turkmen horses available the the province to be sold to foreign customers.

He reiterated that the export of Turkmen horses should be in compliance with enactments to make sure their genetic reserves are preserved.

"Given the above-mentioned regulations, about one-third of pure Turkmen horses in North Khorasan province can be exported." Meanwhile, the secretary of the board said that the annual Turkmen horseshow and racing competitions will be held in fall in Bojnourd.

The show and contest is slated for Nov 23-24, Hamid Salehi said, putting the budget set aside for awards in the competition at 220 million rials.

North Khorasan province has 1,000 Turkmen horses of which 700 are mature. Some 500 people are involved in the breeding of these horses.

Iran's Turkmen horses are believed to have orginated from the Jargalan region of Bojnourd, which is mostly inhabited by Iranian-Turkmen tribes.

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