The new Post Entry Quarantine facility welcomed its first intake of cats and dogs on 23 November 2015 and then horses and plants in December 2015. Three months on, operations are running smoothly and the facility has already played host to around 800 animals arriving into quarantine.
Of that, there have been almost 100 horses, 525 dogs and 220 cats.
Horses imported so far include Thoroughbreds, Friesians and German Ponies. The facility has two identical horse compounds with a capacity of 40 horses each. The compounds are supported by modern veterinary and exercise facilities.
The most popular breeds of dogs imported through Mickleham so far has been Labrador, Jack Russell Terriers, Poodles, Shih Tzu and Golden Retrievers as listed below. The dogs are housed in one of the 226 kennels which include floor heating, veterinary examination rooms and exercise yards. Phase two of building the dog compound will take capacity up to 400 animals.
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Of the 220 imported cats there has been an interesting range, most cats were domestic cats but the facility has also welcomed some exotic breeds including Siamese and Norwegian Forest Cats. There are currently 120 cat pens, stage two works will increase this capacity to 240. The top five imported breeds in the past three months were:
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The facility is now hosting its first plant imports with stone fruits and a variety of ornamental plants currently in quarantine. The newly imported plants join 1500 domestic root stocks for stone fruit, apple, pear and citrus which were transferred from the existing facility at Knoxfield and citrus cultivars from Eastern Creek, Sydney.
Further development of the site under stage two works include the development of the ruminant and avian compounds. These works have commenced and are scheduled to be completed by 2018.