Questionnaire Seeks Information About Foal Losses

The following questionnaire about fetal death and late-term abortions is being distributed by the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Manangers' Club to its members. The questionnaire, dated May 7, was prepared by the University of Kentucky's Department of Veterinary Science.

As you may have experienced or heard, there have been significant increases in late-term abortions and early fetal losses within the last week. In order to determine the extent of the problems, we urgently need your cooperation. The following information is being asked of all members of the Thoroughbred Farm Managers and will be strictly confidential. Only a summary of the data will be presented at a proposed meeting of farm managers and veterinarians later this week (Thursday, May 10, at Keeneland at 5 p.m., EDT), so time is of the essence. Please complete the questionnaire and return to Dr. Roberta Dwyer by fax (859) 257-8542 or by e-mail at by 9:00 a.m. (EDT), Wednesday, May 9, 2001, or ASAP.

Location of farm (county)

Late-term abortions

1. How many mares covered in 2000 have foaled on the farm in 2001?
2. Between April 29 and May 7, 2001, how many of these mares have aborted or produced a dead foal or a foal born alive which did not survive to 4 days of age?

Early fetal losses

3. How many mares on the farm have been covered in 2001?
4. How many of these mares in question 3 were considered in foal when checked at 42 days of gestation?
5. How many of these mares in question 4 were still in foal as of May 7, 2001?

Would you be willing to participate in a more detailed questionnaire if deemed necessary? Yes No If yes, please provide contact information.

Deadline for fax or e-mail submission of information in 9:00 a.m. (EDT) Wednesday.

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