Recent News for Farm and Barn

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Managing Manure

April 01, 2009

Manure is something all horse owners must deal with, but it can be worth its weight in gold as a fertilizer if properly composted.

There is no shortage of manure on a horse farm. We're simply rich with the stuff. And... Read More

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Strangles: Answers to Common Questions

March 31, 2009

Strangles is a highly contagious disease that causes horses to have swollen and painful lymph nodes that block their airway and can cause difficult breathing. The name was coined because these enlarged nodes sometimes (but rarely) suffocate... Read More

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Maintain Trailer Axles for Safe Hauling

March 27, 2009

Trailer axles have a lot riding on them--take good care of this crucial element of your rig. One of the more debilitating disablements for a horse trailer is axle failure. In addition to putting you and your horse at great danger on... Read More

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New Jersey Animal Waste Management Sessions Planned

March 25, 2009

Educators from Cooperative Extension, a unit of Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, will provide training, beginning this month, for equine and other livestock farmers in the development of "Self-Certified Animal Waste Management... Read More

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From the Horse's Mouth: Zoonotic Disease in Equine Practice

March 21, 2009

Bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites. All of these can infect and cause disease in animals--which is especially noteworthy when you consider that more than 70% of infectious diseases of domestic animals and wildlife can also infect humans.... Read More

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Kentucky Ag Chief Discourages Livestock Gas Regulation

March 17, 2009

Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer urged Kentucky's U.S. senators, Mitch McConnell and Jim Bunning, to support federal legislation that would prohibit the federal government from regulating livestock under the Clean Air Act.

"I believe... Read More

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Synthetic Racetrack Surfaces vs. Dirt and Turf (AAEP 2008)

March 16, 2009

Until now, most epidemiologic studies on track surface type and injury rates have been confounded by varying conditions at different track locations, said Setterbo. He presented the results of a study conducted at a single racecourse... Read More

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Dusty Air and Respiratory Problems

March 09, 2009

In addition to the risks viruses and bacteria pose to the horse, environmental exposure to particulates dispersed from feed, bedding, footing materials, and other sources (such as diesel exhaust) all can lead to IAD. Even small increases in aerodynam... Read More

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Aluminum Phosphide Poisoning

March 06, 2009

Aluminum phosphide is an indoor fumigant used to kill insects in most, if not all, of the stored grains we and our horses are exposed to. Like most pesticides, it can cause major problems in unintended species when used incorrectly.... Read More

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Consider Seeding Pastures This Spring

March 04, 2009

Producers wanting to add to or improve forage in their existing pastures should consider using either the frost seeding method in February and early March, or interseeding in later spring months.

The frost seeding method involves spreading... Read More

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MRSA Awareness is Mission of British Foundation

March 02, 2009

In recent years, infections and fatalities due to methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) have been making the news. However, information specific to equids has sometimes been hard to come by. British actress and broadcaster... Read More

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Disease Risks at Shows and Events

March 01, 2009

Common sense and careful attention to detail can help reduce the risk of disease in your traveling horse.

Just as when a bunch of people are confined to a relatively small space, such as in an office or airplane, when... Read More

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Mosquito Control Tips

March 01, 2009

Mosquitoes are more than just an annoyance: they're a disease threat. Safeguard your animals (and you).... Read More

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Horses and Tight Budgets

March 01, 2009

Here are a few ways to spend less on horsekeeping.... Read More

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Stimulus Act Could Impact Horse Industry

February 27, 2009

The 2009 Stimulus Act signed into law by President Barack Obama contains provisions that impact the horse industry, the American Horse Council said in a Feb. 24 memorandum.

The measure contains the bigger write-off for horses and other... Read More

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Kentucky Program Improves Pasture, Reduces Hay Use

February 26, 2009

Every day grazing is money saved, according to Ray Smith, University of Kentucky (UK) forage extension specialist.

Optimal use of horse pastures has always been an important component of horse farm management, but with horse owners worried... Read More

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Adoption Programs to Brand Horses

February 26, 2009

ReRun, the Thoroughbred adoption program headquartered in New Jersey, will be freeze branding its horses to protect them from getting into the wrong hands. Joining ReRun in this initiative is Kentucky Equine Humane Center (KyEHC) and Mylestone... Read More

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Maryland Equine Rotational Grazing Demo Site to Open

February 25, 2009

The University of Maryland's 5.5 acre equine rotational grazing demonstration site is set to open its gates in April 2009 to a small herd of grazing horses and hundreds of horse farm operators interested in learning about pasture management... Read More

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Sale Reports Five Violations of New Riding Crop Rule

February 24, 2009

The set of uniform policies developed by four major Thoroughbred auction firms--Barretts, Fasig-Tipton, Keeneland, and the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. (OBS)--took effect beginning with the OBS February select sale of 2-year-olds in training Feb. 1... Read More

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California Veterinary Tax Removed from Budget

February 24, 2009

After a three-month battle, the California state legislature last week approved the final 2009-2010 budget, sans a proposed veterinary tax. The California Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) conducted a letter and call-in campaign to stop the... Read More

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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