ONE of the more stark comparisons to be made between 2003 and 2013 is that fewer litters are being whelped but more greyhounds are being named, according to Greyhounds Australasia data which has now been updated to the 2013 year (where is 2014, you might ask?).
The corollary to that is another curate’s egg situation – good in parts: making use of a bigger proportion of the dog population is a good thing from a welfare viewpoint, but at the same time it says field standards must be dropping as more bottom level dogs are put into the racing mix.
The fall in litter numbers is consistent with anecdotal statements from some trainer/breeders that pups are more difficult to sell at the moment. How much that has been influenced by live baiting publicity is unknown but it will be something to watch in the future. That said, it is hard to spot any decline in wagering over the last couple of months.
Answers to these “why” questions could be found only after conducting some serious research amongst both the general public and racing participants. Nationally, of course. State by state figures for breeding could be highly misleading.
Here are the key changes over the decade to 2013.