Recent News for Farm and Barn

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Illinois Conference on Manure Management Practices

February 20, 2009

New conservation practices and manure storage capacity are just two of the topics that will be addressed at the 2009 Illinois Livestock Manure Management Conference workshops. The workshops, set for March in Effingham and Princeton, are sponsored b... Read More

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Kentucky Bills Boost Barn Operators, Rescues

February 20, 2009

Kentucky's House Agriculture and Small Business Committee last week approved two bills intended to help boarding barn operators and horse rescues cope with the negative economy.

Sponsored by Rep. Dwight Butler, HR 418 expands local... Read More

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Readers Tell Us Which Type of Horse Trailer They Prefer

February 19, 2009

More than 2,000 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "Which type of horse trailer do you prefer?"

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MRSA More Common in Horse People

February 05, 2009

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacterial infections have become hot news lately, especially among horse people. This topic likely won't die down soon because recent research shows that MRSA is up to 10 times more common in equine ... Read More

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Barn Fires: Strategies to Prevent and Respond (AAEP 2008)

February 04, 2009

Barn fires are the No. 1 local emergency that affects everyone from horse owners to veterinarians, and property owners to the horses themselves. Barn fires kill more horses annually than any other type of nonmedical emergency. ... Read More

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For the Record: Taxes and Recordkeeping

February 01, 2009

Tame that wild pile of unorganized paperwork throughout the year to optimize the horse and farm ownership experience.

Editor's Note: This article provides general information only, and readers should consult with a... Read More

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Good Barnkeeping

February 01, 2009

All horse owners wish they had more time with their horses. For those who keep horses at home it is always a struggle to keep up with regular farm and barn maintenance and have enough time left to enjoy the horses. Performing proper building ... Read More

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Barn-O-Matic

February 01, 2009

The latest models of automated waterers and feeders can take some of the work out of horsekeeping, and automatic stall cleaners can even minimize your time wielding a pitchfork!

Finding it difficult to schedule enough... Read More

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Employment and Immigration

February 01, 2009

Keep necessary documentation and use personnel best management practices when hiring immigrant laborers.... Read More

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Environmentally Friendly on the Farm

February 01, 2009

Choosing to become more environmentally sensitive on the farm is a responsible option for all of us and can be addressed in varying degrees. You don't need to scrap your tractor, invest in expensive wind-powered generators, build a new solar-roofed... Read More

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Farm Equipment

February 01, 2009

Tailor your selections to your facility's specific needs. ... Read More

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Fields and Fences

February 01, 2009

Make the most of your pastures by maintaining fences and fertilizing.

There's a whole lot more to grazing management than simply turning your horses out when the pastures green up. Regular fence maintenance, careful... Read More

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New for Veterinarians and Equine Professionals

February 01, 2009

A year-round guide to what's available for assisting veterinary professionals.... Read More

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Horse Licensing Bill Scrapped after Protest

January 29, 2009

A New Hampshire lawmaker scrapped mandatory horse licensing legislation after angry horse owners protested the measure on grounds that it would be financially burdensome.

The bill, HB 427, required owners to obtain licenses for each of thei... Read More

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Managing Horses in Icy Conditions

January 28, 2009

Ice is an unavoidable part of winter in many parts of the world, but there are ways to minimize slipping incidents around the barn.

Heather Sherratt knows something about keeping horses in icy conditions. Her farm, Elphin Mountain... Read More

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Horse Council Offers Tax Tips

January 27, 2009

The American Horse Council (AHC) is offering extensive tax information that can influence your equine business tax returns. For 40 years, the American Horse Council has provided the horse industry with tax information through the "Tax Bulletin,"... Read More

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Weather, Economy Hit Utah Mustang Sale

January 26, 2009

A Bureau of Land Management (BLM) official credited wintry weather and the high costs of horsekeeping for lackluster results at a Jan. 24 Wild Horse and Burro sale in Delta, Utah. Of the 320 Spanish Mustangs offered from Utah's Sulphur Herd... Read More

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White Colt Sold at Keeneland to Return to Breeder

January 19, 2009

White Prince, whose $60,000 price topped the fifth session of the Keeneland January horses of all ages auction in Lexington Jan. 16, did not go to a new home. The transaction was... Read More

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Horse Transport Bill Reintroduced

January 18, 2009

A bill before the U.S. House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee would prohibit the use double-decker trailers for transporting horses across state lines.

Specifically, HR 305, or the "Horse Transportation... Read More

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Penn School of Vet Medicine Marks 125 Years

January 18, 2009

This year marks the 125th anniversary of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine.

"From our earliest years, Penn Vet has shaped and advanced the education and practice of the profession," said Joan C. Hendricks, VMD,... Read More

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Keeneland Sale Final Gross Down 53.4%

January 18, 2009

The final results of the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale in Lexington were sobering, with setbacks of 53.4% in gross revenue, 48% in average price, and 44.1% in median price from a year ago. But they weren't anything new to the people... Read More

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Lady Finds a Home: 50th Thoroughbred Adopted Through TheHorse.com Service

January 15, 2009

TheHorse.com recently got word that a Thoroughbred formerly en route to slaughter had found a home via TheHorse.com's Thoroughbred Adoption Services, sponsored by Gainesway Farm. She was the 50th Thoroughbred to be placed through the service. Read More

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Downward Spiral Continues at Keeneland Sale

January 14, 2009

The Keeneland January horses of all ages sale continued its scary downward spiral during the second session of its six-day run in Lexington. The gross revenue Jan. 13 dropped 66.2% from a year ago while the average price fell 61.6%. The median... Read More

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Wisconsin Friesian Stallion Positive for CEM

January 14, 2009

A stallion quarantined in Outagamie County, Wis., has tested positive for contagious equine metritis (CEM), a contagious but treatable reproductive disease of horses.... Read More

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Contagious Equine Metritis: Culture and Diagnosis

January 13, 2009

One of the most difficult problems in diagnosing contagious equine metritis (CEM) is isolating the organism from heavily contaminated sites in the stallion and mare. CEM is caused by Taylorella equigenitalis, a Gram-negative bacterium,... Read More