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    Greyhound Racing NUMBER TWO IN THE NATION
    Posted byadmin on Saturday, April 12 @ 12:38:50 EDT
    Contributed by admin

    Iowa Greyhounds are Number Two in the Nation

    By Jill Paxton
    Bureau Chief , Horse and Dog Breeding Program

    Iowa in now Number Two in the nation for breeding and raising quality greyhounds. New breeders are movint to Iowa to raise their greyhounds. Iowa farmers are also raising greyhounds as supplemental income on Iowa farms.

    Over the last 7 years, the number of Iowa Greyhound farms has grown by 40%. Iowa greyhounds' race at the Horsehoe Casino home of Bluffs Run Greyhound Park in Council Bluffs, and the Dubuque Greyhound Park and Casino in Dubuque, Iowa.

    Greyhound Farms represent a $36 million economic impact on the Iowa economy. In 2007 , the Iowa Department of agriculture and Land Stewardship paid Iowa greyhound breeders and owners $388,723.60 in breeders awards. In return IGA members provided a $36 million dollar economic impact on Iowa agriculture.

    Current Iowa residents who have lived here for 2 years are eligible to be an Iowa Greyhound Breeder. The facility, or greyhound farm, where the greyhounds are whelped or raised must be licensed and inspected by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship under thr Horse and Dog Breeding Bureau. The Greyhound females must be 100% owned by an Iowa resident. Their litters must remain in the state for six months after whelping.

    Iowa laws require a dog to be at least 16 months old to race. Most greyhounds are 18 to 20 months old before they are entered into an official race. Any dog under two years of age who have never won an official race start out as a grade M which is a maiden runner. As they win they can move up from grade D,C,B to A. They have to win a race in order to move up to the next grade and qualify for more purse money. If a dog does not finish 1st thru 3rd in 3 consecitive races it must drop back a grade until it wins again.

    Thanks to Ms. Jill Paxton for the research and article.

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