UK Equine Showcase, Breeders' Short Course Held Jan. 23-24

Photo: University of Kentucky's College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment

Nearly 180 people attended the 4th annual University of Kentucky (UK) Equine Showcase and 6th annual Kentucky Breeders’ Short Course held on Jan. 23 and 24, respectively.

Equine research specialists from UK presented lectures on Jan. 23 on topics including molecular composition of Sarcocystis neurona and its application for controlling equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM); an update on equine proliferative enteropathy and Lawsonia intracellularis; the physiology of aging; and amino acid requirements in horses.

The following topics, which were also presented Jan. 23, were filmed by and will be available on soon under “Videos and Photos”: an update on the illicit use of cobalt in racehorses; an update on moxidectin poisoning; parasites and growth rates in foals; practical pasture and forage diagnostic tools; and understanding the toxin ergovaline's stability in tall fescue.

Topics presented on Jan. 24 included old and new approaches for lighting programs in mares; parasite control in young horses; plasma for foals; angular limb deformities in foals; omega-3 fatty acids in mares and stallions; genetic tool box: beyond answering the question “Who’s your (horse’s) daddy?; what goes wrong with the geriatric mare; vaccination strategies for equine viral arteritis (EVA) and managing the EVA carrier stallion; improving the survival of stallion sperm; and a placentitis update.

The event was made possible through the generosity of corporate sponsors, including patron-level sponsors BET Reproductive Labs, Equine Medical Associates, Hagyard Equine Medical Associates, Kentucky Performance Products, McCauley Brothers Inc., North American Equine Ranching Information Council (NAERIC), Precision Pharmacy, Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, Tribute Equine Nutrition, and Zoetis. Supporter-level sponsors included Animal Reproductive Systems, Dinsmore, Foalert, Folck Insurance, Franklin Williams Company, Hallway Feeds, Kentucky Quarter Horse Association, Park Equine Hospital, Southern States Co-op, and Woodford Feed Co. Inc.

More detailed summaries of specific talks will be highlighted in upcoming issues of the Bluegrass Equine Digest. To be added to the list for future Showcase and Short Course announcements, email Jenny Evans at

Holly Wiemers, MA, APR, is communications director for UK Ag Equine Programs.

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