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  • 22/11/2020 3:35 PM | Anonymous

    AGM 2020: reminder and reports

    Our AGM will be held online Sunday 29 November 2020, at 6.30pm, via Zoom.

    Members will soon receive a reminder email (and, separately, a SMS) with a registration link for the meeting: by clicking on that link and providing short details, you will then receive an email with a link to attend the meeting itself, for use at 6.30pm on 29 November.

    The reminder email contains a link to my President's Report for 2020. 

    In addition, both the President's Report and GOTBA Vic's financial statement for 2020 are also available on our website - AGM Reports (member log-in required).

    Members nominated for our committee

    As noted in our AGM notice, there are 6 committee positions to be filled at the AGM.

    We have received a total of 7 valid nominations.  Unless there is a withdrawal prior to the AGM, an election will be held at the AGM, by poll.  Only those members in attendance may vote.

    The members who have nominated for the positions are:

    1.       Gayle Osborne – current committee member, GOTBA Vic secretary

    2.       Carly Feltham – current committee member (casual vacancy appointment), GOTBA Vic treasurer;

    3.       Noel McMahon – current committee member (casual vacancy appointment)

    4.       Aaron Campbell

    5.       Greg Doyle

    6.       Scott James

    7.       Sean Lithgow

    GOTBA Vic Committee

  • 07/11/2020 3:30 PM | Anonymous

    NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

    The Greyhound Owners Trainers & Breeders Association of Victoria, Inc. (Reg No: A0017661V ABN 67 306 599 068) (GOTBA Vic) annual general meeting for 2020 will be held via an online webinar, open to members on 29 November 2020 from 6.30pm AEDST.

    All members are invited to (and encouraged to) attend the online AGM.

    If you wish to attend the AGM, and are a member, you need to:

    1. Pre-register ahead of the meeting by sending an email to the GOTBA Vic Secretary at gotbav@gmail.com, subject “Attending the AGM”, or calling 0423 357 620.
    2. Click on the registration link that will then be sent to you by the GOTBA Vic Secretary, filling in short details: this will take 1-2 minutes to do. You will then be sent a personal confirmation email titled GOTBA VIC - 2020 Annual General Meeting Confirmation containing your personal attendance link for the meeting.  This assists us to ensure that attendees are members.
    3. (Shortly prior to 6.30pm on 29 November 2020) Click on the attendance link or otherwise follow directions in the confirmation email to join the meeting.

    We will endeavour to start the meeting at 6.30pm on 29/11/20, subject to a quorum being in attendance at that time. 

    The Committee will endeavour to ensure that members are able to ask questions as well as make comments. Members can submit questions to the GOTBA Vic Secretary by email in writing up to 48 hours before the AGM - gotbav@gmail.com. We will also, as time / technology allows, take (1) oral questions (2) questions via the online platform using the ‘Q&A’ function, at the AGM itself subject to connectivity of your device.

    Business of the meeting will include: president and treasurer reports, election of committee members (if required, up to 6 positions), general discussion.

    Voting will be by online poll. Ordinary members are entitled to vote. 

    Registered attendees will be sent, prior to the AGM, a copy of the President’s Report and Treasurer’s Report. These will be made available on our website also – www.gotbav.org.au . We will endeavour to have documents available on screen during their presentation at the AGM.

    If you have been a member for at least 12 months and wish to nominate for the GOTBA Vic Committee, nomination forms can be downloaded from the GOTBA website www.gotbav.org.au or you can request a form to be sent via phone/SMS on 0423 357 620 or email gotbav@gmail.com. These nomination forms, completed, will need to be returned to the GOTBA Vic Secretary by email no later than 14 days before the AGM.

    Notice in PDF - 2020 NOTICE OF GOTBA VIC AGM.pdf

    GOTBA Victoria


  • 24/08/2020 5:21 PM | Anonymous

    The Greyhound Owners Trainers and Breeders Association of Victoria Inc is a volunteer organisation that represents participants across the Victorian greyhound racing industry.  In any given week, members are associated with around 50% of the greyhounds in the race program. 

    Much has happened in greyhound racing since my last report in April 2020.  One small thing: GRV no longer publishes these reports in the Greyhound Monthly.  It says for reasons of space.  You can form your own views on this: but we call out inconvenient issues from time to time where it is in the interests of members and/or their greyhounds to do so.  We will publish elsewhere.

    CONTINUING RACING DURING STAGE 4 – A HUGE EFFORT BY ALL

    We are still racing, even in Stage 4 restrictions.  That is a great effort that reflects well on everyone in the sport – from administrators and staff at clubs and GRV, the Office of Racing and most of all to the participants working hard under even more difficult conditions than normal. 

    Well done to everyone.

    TRACK SAFETY, PRIZEMONEY AND THE RACING PROGRAM

    The last 3 months have however brought to the forefront again some big, longstanding issues in Victorian greyhound racing.  They are not going and will not go away.

    Track safety 

    GOTBA Vic has been actively liaising with GRV and the Office of Racing for some time on the need for detailed track base and drainage scoping and work to be completed industry-wide, consistently with advice.  This is NOT a single track or club issue, nor is it any reflection on track staff who work very hard, often absent assistance that would come through targeted drainage and base works. 

    In early August, before recent meeting abandonments, the issue came to a head. GOTBA Vic and a group of major trainers, in frustration, highlighted serious concerns to GRV on major injuries and organised meetings with GRV management on the issue.  We are keeping close track of this – we want action.

    GOTBA Vic is calling on the GRV Board to re-examine its data, TALK to us and to trainers and act on these valid concerns, for the benefit of participants and their greyhounds.

    Costs of participation and prizemoney 

    COVID has exacerbated the issue of increasing costs in greyhound racing. It costs enormously more to bring a dog to racing, and keep it racing, than ever before.  Perhaps surprisingly, racing authorities across the nation have seen huge increases in wagering revenue, particularly from corporate bookmakers, in times of COVID.  

    It’s way, way past time in Victoria for a fair share for participants.  That requires not incremental change, but a step change.

    No-one looking objectively at GRV annual reports pre-COVID could fail to notice that participant per race/meeting returns have barely moved in seven years while GRV’s income and other expenses have continued to skyrocket. 

    Victoria now lags behind jurisdictions which continue – even in the last few days (SA and NSW) - to increase participant returns on a per race basis.  SA has put a percentage revenue share in place.

    This is not about greed, but basic equity.  The issue existed well before COVID - see below, for example, Grade 5 prizemoney at Lvl 1 (city) and 2 (country) almost eight years apart in Victoria (many underlying costs have almost DOUBLED in this time):

    Level 1 – 2012 and 2020

    Level 2 – 2013 and 2020

    Meadows - Grade 5, 525m - Sat 10 Nov 2012

    1st - $5,000, 2nd - $1,430, 3rd $720

    Meadows Grade 5, 525m Sat 15 Aug 2020

    1st - $5,280, 2nd - $1,510, 3rd $760

    Sale - Grade 5, 440m - Sun 6 January 2013

    1st - $1,325, 2nd $375, 3rd $190

    Sale - Grade 5, 440m - Sun 23 August 2020

    1st - $1,405, 2nd $400, 3rd $200 

    The above is context.  GOTBA Vic survey results – out formally soon – show that 88% of participants are dissatisfied with prizemoney, with more than half saying that their participation is being endangered.  Third party greyhound ownership is not viable for Lvl 3 prizemoney.  It is tenuous at Lvl 2 prizemoney.  More than 70% of recently polled participants demanded prizemoney increases in priority to other subsidies/amounts.

    Rumours of prizemoney increases in Victoria abound, but we are now at a tipping point.   

    Be aware of GRV marketing  announcements on ‘record prizemoney’ or ‘top-ups’ – often tiny overall increases paid purely because of expansion of the racing calendar (ie more races) at Level 3, or even simply ensuring that already allocated / previously committed prizemoney is actually paid out.  Call it out.  It matters in the long run.

    GOTBA Vic wants real per race prizemoney increases in Victoria and a stated, guaranteed minimum % total GRV revenue return to participants of not less than 53% into the medium term, with open data on GRV revenue circulated publicly monthly by GRV to participants to ensure that this is occurring.

    We will have more to say on this.  GOTBA Vic awaits keenly GRV’s annual report for 2019/20.  We will be analysing it very closely.

    Racing calendar

    GRV is currently expanding its racing calendar from 23 meetings per week to as many as 26-27 per week over the next year or so. 

    GOTBA Vic is not satisfied there is a proper, medium-term considered case for an increased Victorian racing program, and certainly not a more Lvl 3 prizemoney (as opposed to grade) focused program.  There are no 66% cost greyhounds.  More meetings has medium and long-term costs (including after racing) borne by participants.  It alters where Victorian greyhound racing sits compared to other States. It is not justified purely by being able to fill additional meetings during current COVID restrictions.

    The focus should be on making the existing calendar as efficient as possible within the existing program, and increasing per race returns.

    A CODA

    Crises do end. Sometimes they have silver linings.  One effect of them is to give perspective on what is important, and what is not.   The present crisis shows just how important people are, and how ongoing participation by those who provide the product can be tenuous. The time will come for a re-examination, with that perspective, of how the sport best runs, and whether and how the sport and its various stakeholders can and should do better than the old status quo into the future.

    A pdf version of this is here:2020-8 GOTBA Vic President’s Report.pdf

    LYNTON HOGAN, President GOTBA Vic

    24 August 2020


  • 21/06/2020 1:22 PM | Anonymous

    Code of Practice: EHMP annual review AND updated GOTBA version Emergency Euthanasia Protocol

    The Code of Practice for the Keeping of Racing Greyhounds has been in operation for almost 6 months. There have been many challenges that will have tested procedures for keeping greyhounds in this time, particularly biosecurity and isolation issues.

    The time for your required annual review of your Establishment Health Management Plan by the Person in Charge (Jan 1 for many establishments) will get here quicker than you think.  What has worked? What hasn't?  Are changes needed?  Are those changes permitted? These will be things to consider by the end of the year.  Start early if you can.

    Remember: if you do make changes to those protocols that needed to be vet-signed originally, those changes will also need to be signed in due course. 

    Changes to GOTBA's EHMP - Emergency Euthanasia Protocol

    Following correspondence with GRV, GOTBA Vic has updated its version of the Emergency Euthanasia Protocol (EEP) within its example Establishment Health Management Plan.

    The update is available both alone and within a consolidated document on our (member only) examples page - Code of Practice: EXAMPLE EHMP and Protocols .

    For participants who put in place the prior GOTBA version EEP, you should replace it when next visiting your EHMP vet (which at minimum will involve your vet initialling a replacement EEP), and then update their own EHMP records and practices accordingly.  You are, of course, not bound to use the GOTBA (or any other) version, but the version used must contain approved persons and approved methods.

    Our version, as amended, only contains an approved method of emergency euthanasia in location that is undertaken by, or is under the immediate real-time supervision (including remote) of a vet.  Intentionally, neither our previous nor our current version of the emergency euthanasia protocol refers to use of a firearm.  

    If you previously contacted us by email to obtain our earlier EHMP example, we will reach out to you.

    GOTBA Committee

    June 2020 

     

  • 17/03/2020 10:18 AM | Anonymous

    Injuries are a real issue in Victorian greyhound racing. And anecdotally an increasing one.

    Below is a Greyhound Monthly President's Report that GRV declined to publish on recent track injuries and better recording them to find solutions.

    GRV has declined to publish a report once before - in 2018 on prizemoney. We'll leave you to judge why that is.

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    Major injuries after races and trials: the importance of collecting and sharing information

    Welfare of the racing greyhound and track safety are matters of the highest priority to all greyhound racing participants.  Maximising these things as far as is possible is a common goal of all of us.

    Over the summer months, GOTBA Vic has received feedback from members about an apparent uptick in the occurrence of significant injuries – fractured bones, significant tendon or muscle injuries - to greyhounds at the time of, or shortly after, the racing and (particularly) trialling of greyhounds at race tracks.  We recognise that not only are such injuries a greyhound welfare issue, but they cause stress and loss to those who are associated with, and care for, the greyhounds involved.

    Many of us may suspect as a matter of experience and anecdote that track safety or preparation (admittedly in often difficult conditions) may over-contribute to major injury occurrence, but we do not always perfectly understand why that may be the case.

    Getting to the bottom of why major injuries occur is a difficult, but necessary, task that requires cooperation from multiple players in the sport.  At the moment, we have at best an incomplete understanding of even the frequency of major injuries – those diagnosed after a race meeting or in consequence of trials may be known only to owners and trainers. 

    Without that understanding, we hamper our ability to determine root causes so as to best ensure that we minimise major injuries in the future. 

    Given this, we encourage trainers to do the following for major injuries to greyhounds in their kennel, as a kennel-wide record:

    ·         write down what they are and when they occur or are diagnosed (in addition to any obligation to keep a record of injuries in your Code of Practice individual greyhound record);

    ·         in the same place, note where the greyhound has trialled or raced in the lead up to the injury (particularly if the injury obviously arose as a result of a trial session or arose after a race meeting and was not otherwise included in steward reports);

    ·         be prepared to share this information with GRV and others in the industry.

    An example:

    Date of occurrence/diagnosis

    Greyhound

    Major injury

    Trial or race beforehand?

    Track trialled/raced, when

    9 Jan 2020

    Extra Fast

    Broken hock

    Trial

    Meadows, 9/1/20

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The more data available, the more that potential causes can be analysed and addressed – for example if major injuries occur disproportionately to greyhounds who trial at particular tracks, then the regulator, clubs and participants may be able to better understand why this has occurred and be able to take efficient corrective action.

    GOTBA Vic would encourage trainers to let us know the above information for their kennel over the last 12 months – send us an email – gotbav@gmail.com  - with the subject line, ‘Major injuries in my kennel: Type, Time and Tracks Raced/Trialled’.


    Lynton Hogan

    President GOTBA Vic



  • 05/03/2020 6:01 PM | Anonymous

    There is currently concern among participants, and in some cases unnecessary alarm, with the current outbreak of canine gastroenteritis in Victoria.

    What we know from our members’ own experience

    This is not new.  It is the same or similar to gastro outbreaks that occur almost every year.  It is NOT related to the human outbreak of Covid 19.  The dog virus is not contagious to humans.

    This virus affected greyhounds in WA around Christmas time and soon after in Queensland & NSW.  It is now surfacing in Victoria.

    The experience of trainers affected in WA, QLD and now in Victoria is that  the majority of dogs are back to normal, in terms of no longer having evident symptoms, in 24 to 48 hours.

    Importantly, all dogs in a kennel don’t get it at the same time. This means larger kennels may have it among their dog population for a number of weeks.

    Symptoms  

    Usually lethargic, don’t want to get off their bed, not interested in their meal or eat slowly, often vomiting up any food they have just eaten. Diarrhoea.

    Usually they will run a temperature. This is often followed by scours.

    GOTBA member experience advice based on previous outbreaks

    No exercise, let the dog rest in clean, warm, stress free environment. Give very small meals more often rather than one normal meal.

    Arofac 200 powder appears to be successful in avoiding or slowing the scours. Suggest it be given in each of the small meals once symptoms appear.  Have regard to any veterinary advice you may obtain.

    Spray kennels with F10 Veterinary disinfectant.  Best put into spray bottle and applied to kennel area and bedding.

    Clean and disinfect soiled kennels and bedding thoroughly.

    Clean all faeces from kennels and yards after every let out. It has been reported to us that nose to faeces contact rather than from dog to dog contact is the main cause of the virus spreading.

    Take temperature of any dogs suspected of coming down with gastro.

    Isolate infected dogs if possible (and participants should actively apply their Code of Practice EHMP isolation protocols in this regard).

    If a dog does not show signs of recovery within 2 -3 days, seek veterinary advice.

    Racing and Trialling

    According to members, a large majority of the dogs that come down with the virus will show the signs in the day or few days after attending trials or races (or completing other high impact exercise).

    Even though most dogs will recover within 24 to 48 hours of first symptom, they should be given 10 days off racing or trialling after those symptoms have gone and the greyhound seems fully recovered.  This is both prudent health care for the individual greyhound and for the wider population.

    Keeping a keen eye on your dogs and good kennel management, including isolation, can allow you to race fit and healthy dogs and care for those with, or who are recovering from it.

    Take the temperature of dogs prior to leaving home to race or trial.  Remember that taking the temperature at the track often provides false high readings. 

    Use your own ‘disinfected’ lure arm while trialling or only pen trials.

    Avoid placing dogs into the holding pens outside catching pens.

    MOST IMPORTANTLY, if in any doubt, leave your dog home - don’t race or trial – and consider seeking veterinary advice.

    Other resources: GRV

    Participants should note that GRV also has a number of resources available with more information on the virus and on actions to take or consider taking – see https://greyhoundcare.grv.org.au/ccv/


    AND ANOTHER THING – avoidance of panic and respect in dealing with others

    It is critically important that all participants avoid panic, remain civil towards one another and respect the efforts of those working in and regulating the sport in managing the current canine gastroenteritis outbreak.    Industry participants and GRV as regulator are taking prudent, nimble action for the benefit of individual greyhounds and the sport generally, including people who rely on it. 

    Always treat participants and GRV personnel striving to respond in sometimes difficult circumstances with respect: by all means be constructive with input, but avoid actions that are intemperate, particularly any abuse – they only put barriers in the way of achieving the efficient, best outcomes.

     

    THE COMMITTEE

    Greyhound Owners Trainers and Breeders Association of Victoria Inc


  • 10/11/2019 2:17 PM | Anonymous

    All

    GOTBA Vic has today updated some of the materials available on its website relating to the Code of Practice. The Code commences on 1 Jan 2020.

    In particular, an example, largely complete EHMP (capable of being completed by participants for whom it is suitable) is available. This includes changes in certain areas of the GRV proforma EHMP material.

    Also available are example individual EHMP protocols on topics such as retirement and rehoming, hygiene, risk assessment (among others).

    The examples page is at Code of Practice: EXAMPLE EHMP and Protocols - a member only section of the site.  This should be viewed with materials available at Code of Practice - Additional member resources

    Members unable to access this material and who wish to should get in touch by phone or email.

    GOTBA Vic Committee

    Nov 2019




  • 19/10/2019 6:58 PM | Anonymous

    The Greyhound Owners Trainers Breeders Association of Victoria Inc will hold its annual general meeting at Sandown Greyhound Racing Club from 6pm on Sunday 10 November 2019.

    Meeting matters will include presentation of the president’s report, financial report, elections, and a presentation of example EHMPs for the upcoming Code commencement.

    Attached is the AGM notice - 2019 AGM Notice.pdf - registration from 5.45pm.

    Attached is a committee nomination form - GOTBA Committee Nomination Form 1.pdf.  Completed forms must be received by the secretary 14 days prior to the meeting.

    GOTBA Committee


  • 17/09/2019 9:03 PM | Anonymous

    The Greyhound Owners Trainers and Breeders Association of Victoria Inc congratulates Ray Bartolo on his appointment today to the GRV Board. Ray is an excellent appointment and we wish him well.

    WE are the reason this appointment occurred.  GOTBA Vic lobbied hard for the appointment of a current, ongoing participant to GRV’s board. There was resistance.  Earlier this year, we met with the Minister and the head of the Office of Racing and presented the case for why having active participants on GRV’s Board - something specifically allowed in the Racing Act - was necessary and well overdue to promote GRV decision making that gave more thought to participants.  We then provided a list of potential candidates.  We followed up. We followed up again. 

    To the Minister’s great credit, he listened and acted decisively to make the appointment.

    One of GOTBA Vic’s 3 focus areas this year was enhancing the participant voice in the making of decisions that affect participants. This is an example of us working effectively for all.

    GOTBA Vic Committee


  • 11/08/2019 2:20 PM | Anonymous

    GOTBA Vic now has a Member only page on its website with additional resources to assist members to be ready for Code of Practice commencement on 1 Jan 2020.

    Resources include:  

    • A summary of what to do before 1 Jan 2020 if you keep non-retired greyhounds to assist you in being Code compliant;
    • Tips and possible amendments to consider making to GRV’s Establishment Health Management Plan proforma;
    • A Code-adapted Vet Agreement that you could consider using;
    • Individual Greyhound Record proforma; and
    • Establishment Record proforma.

    We encourage members to visit the page. It contains important information, including explanation of some of our material.

    The page is called ‘Code of Practice: Additional Member Resources’ and is located within the  ‘Members’ section - a link: Members.

    Tip: You will need to log in to access the material.

    You should regularly visit in the lead-up to 1 Jan 2020: we will be updating and adding material to the page.  If you have suggestions for additions that may help you, please let us know.

    Members who are unable to access the log-in only section should get in contact with us. 

    GOTBA Vic Committee

    August 2019


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