Recent News for Welfare and Industry

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Research Foundation Announces 2004 Grants

April 01, 2004

The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation (GJCRF) has announced $850,888 in funding for 20 projects in 2004, which will be distributed to investigating scientists at a dozen universities. This brings the GJCRF's total funding since 1983 to... Read More

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AQHA Equine Public Service Award

April 01, 2004

The American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) is accepting applications for its annual Equine Public Service Award until May 1. The award recognizes American Quarter Horses which are specifically used in the public service sector, including, but... Read More

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Shipping of In-Foal PMU Mares on Hold

April 01, 2004

The shipment of PMU (pregnant mare urine) mares from farms in the United States and Canada was put on hold in February until after the foaling season, unless the shipping distance is very short.

The reason, says Nat Messer IV, DVM, Dipl.... Read More

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Illinois Slaughter Legislation

April 01, 2004

New legislation to ban the slaughter of horses for human consumption in the state of Illinois was introduced Feb. 6, 2004, in the Illinois House of Representatives in the form of HB 6570. On Feb. 18, 2004, the bill was referred to the House... Read More

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Captive Bolt: Comments From The Industry

April 01, 2004

One item in the debate on equine slaughter is the use of captive bolt for euthanasia. This is the same method used on other livestock killed during slaughter or during a disease outbreak (such as foot and mouth disease on farms in England).... Read More

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Welfare Involvement at Local Levels

April 01, 2004

A Pike County, Ohio, resident reported suspected abuse in a 52-horse herd in mid-December 2003 to a veterinarian, who asked local law enforcement officials to have the horses examined. By Jan. 9, the horses in question had been examined by three... Read More

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Illinois Slaughter Legislation Update

March 25, 2004

Rep. Robert S. Molaro yesterday postponed consideration of Illinois Senate Bill 1921, which would ban equine slaughter for human consumption in the state of Illinois. Dekalb, Ill., is the home of Cavel International, one of the remaining equine... Read More

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California Latest State to Focus on Equine "Milkshakes"

March 23, 2004

Random pre-race testing for "milkshakes"--the loading of bicarbonates through a stomach tube to reduce fatigue-causing buildup of lactic acid--began at Santa Anita Park in late February, but the California Horse Racing Board is referring to the... Read More

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April is Horse Adoption Month at Nevins Farm

March 19, 2004

April has been designated as Horse Adoption Month at Nevins Farm. With spring just around the corner, many horse enthusiasts are considering buying a new horse to enjoy the riding season. A great alternative to buying a horse at an auction or... Read More

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TRF Receives Pharmaceutical Product Donations from Fort Dodge

March 17, 2004

Fort Dodge Animal Health has donated a variety of equine vaccines and pharmaceuticals to the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) located in Midway, Ky.

Lynn Bixler, equine product manager for Fort Dodge, said, "We're in the business... Read More

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Vet's Work with Retirement Group Garners February "My Vet Matters" Award

March 11, 2004

Stephen H. Bokman, DVM, MS, of Englishtown, N.J., has been chosen as the February honoree of the American Association of Equine Practitioners' (AAEP) My Vet Matters Contest. Bokman, a racehorse practitioner, was nominated by Ellen Harvey for his... Read More

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European Buyers Face New Tax on U.S. Imports

March 09, 2004

European horse buyers may be subject to an excise tax of at least 5% on horses they purchase and bring home from the United States as a result of trade sanctions imposed against the U.S. on March 1 by the European Union (EU).

Horses are... Read More

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Rutgers to Hold One-Day Horse Management Seminar This Weekend

March 09, 2004

With the summer show season only months away, recommendations for competition horses and important new information, research, and statistics about the impact of West Nile virus (WNV) on the equine population will be featured at the annual Rutger... Read More

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Belgian Hit, Killed by Car in Massachusetts

March 08, 2004

A driver sustained serious injuries when his car struck a 2,000-pound Belgian horse in Westport, Mass., on March 6, according to an article in the online edition of The Herald News, which is based in Fall River, Mass.

"The (32-year-old)... Read More

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Merial's Jack Chellew Receives SRF's Burke Humanity Award

March 05, 2004

Jack Chellew of Merial Pharmaceuticals is the recipient of the second annual Standardbred Retirement Foundation's Burke Humanity Award. Chellew is Senior Sales Representative in the Equine Group for Merial Pharmaceuticals and has been with Meria... Read More

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Paints Ride into Hearts of Leading Hollywood Actor and Screenwriter

March 05, 2004

In Walt Disney Pictures' latest adventure movie, Hidalgo, a special relationship develops between a rider and his horse. The story unfolds with a colorful horse, once considered to be unworthy of competition against other breeds, which... Read More

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Riding in Southern Spain

March 01, 2004

The following is an excerpt from my travel log as three members of Equine Affairs Association--Carol Collins, Bonnie Moretto, and I--went to Barbate, Spain, in March of 2003 for a riding holiday through Read More

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Creative Purchasing

March 01, 2004

The standard means of providing for the horse farm is to pick up or have delivered bales of hay and sacks of grain when you run low, to purchase outright your horses and equipment, and to pay for your labor. But there are alternative ways that... Read More

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Legislation Introduced for Expediting Horse ID Plan Use

March 01, 2004

Four bills that would accelerate implementation of a national animal identification system have been introduced in Congress--two in the Senate and two in the House of Representatives. Horses are not specifically mentioned in any of these bills,... Read More

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Living on the Edge

March 01, 2004

Keeping equids in a "backyard horse" situation, subdivision, or small acreage presents a different set of challenges than keeping horses on a large farm or ranch. In urban/suburban settings, some of the important considerations include zoning,... Read More

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No Increase in PMU Mares At Slaughter Plants

March 01, 2004

Thousands of horses from shut-down PMU (pregnant mare urine) farms in Canada and North Dakota are finding new homes in the United States, but few are winding up at slaughter houses at this time, according to slaughter plant managers.

Dick... Read More

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Mad Cow Disease and Horses

March 01, 2004

Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) was first identified in the United Kingdom in 1986. A fact sheet from Iowa State University said BSE is one of several diseases called transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSE). There are three rare... Read More

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Compounding Medications and Legalities

March 01, 2004

Compounding is not permitted by the FDA, she said. However, the FDA recognizes that veterinarians often need to compound drugs and therefore exercises its enforcement discretion to permit compounding.... Read More

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AAEP Wrap-Up: Kester News Hour

March 01, 2004

With researchers worldwide working on solutions to various horse health problems, there is a veritable mountain of information being published continuously. Much of this information is included in AAEP convention presentations... Read More

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Maryland Farm Devastated By Fire Begins Rebuilding Process

February 26, 2004

Only three days after their barn was completely destroyed by fire, taking with it the lives of 25 horses, Bob and Debby LaPorta of Summerwind Farm in Damascus, Md., are in the process of rebuilding their barn and their business.
 
The... Read More