Momenta, the company setting up the National Equine Database (NED), now has ½ million records and hopes to “go live” on the project this spring.

The news comes after a third workshop, held last month in Stoneleigh, at which Passport Issuing Organisations (PIOs) were updated on progress and shown how to input data once the system is live.

“We’ve had data from about 50 organisations,” says David Pegg, NED project manager. “We’ve been given more data than the number of passports issued — it’s coming from studbooks.

“PIOs are having trouble filling in some fields [sections of the database] but we are addressing all these concerns.”

Ensuring there is no duplication of records will be one of the NED’s toughest challenges, but is vital if the system is to provide accurate statistics for the British breeding industry.

  • This news story was first published in Horse & Hound (6 January, ’04)



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