KTA Sets Meeting for MRLS Loan Applicants

The Kentucky Thoroughbred Association (KTA) will offer a seminar July 25 to assist breeders in filling out loan applications for funding tied to mare reproductive loss syndrome. The money is available through a federal law enacted in 2001.

Applicants must submit a signed form FSA 410-1 no later than Sept. 30, 2002, and applicants must be individuals or business entities that, as of Nov. 28, 2001, derived more than 70% of gross income from the horse breeding business.

From Jan. 1 to the end of October 2000, 2001, or 2002, qualified applicants must show that 30% or more of their mares failed to conceive, miscarried, aborted, or otherwise failed to produce a live healthy foal; or 30% or more of mares boarded on a farm owned, operated, or leased by applicants failed to conceive, miscarried , aborted, or otherwise failed to produce a live healthy foal.

The KTA office is located at the Kentucky Horse Park near Lexington, KY. To reserve a spot at the 5 p.m. meeting, call 859/381-1414.

About the Author

Stephen E. O'Grady, DVM, MRCVS

Stephen E. O'Grady, DVM, MRCVS, was a professional farrier for 10 years prior to obtaining his degree in veterinary medicine. He learned farriery through a formal apprenticeship under Hall of Fame farrier Joseph M. Pierce of West Chester, Penn. After graduating from veterinary school, O'Grady did an internship in Capetown, South Africa. Then he joined Dan Flynn, VMD, at Georgetown Equine Hospital in Charlottesville, Va., as an associate for five years. Since that time, he has operated a private practice in Virginia and South Africa, with a large portion of the practice devoted to equine podiatry. He has published numerous articles and lectured extensively on equine foot problems. His web site is www.equipodiatry.com.

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