Recent News for Farm and Barn

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Keeneland November Sale Will Have Record Numbers

September 09, 2007

While getting ready for the massive September yearling sale that starts Sept. 10 in Lexington, Keeneland officials also were working hard to put the finishing touches on the November breeding stock auction catalog. And it will be a big... Read More

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British Group Calling for Pulling Parties to Remove Toxic Weed

September 06, 2007

The British Horse Society (BHS) has placed a call for volunteers to organize ragwort-pulling parties during its Ragwort Awareness Week to remove the deadly weed where it is growing on, and near to, grazing land. The second BHS... Read More

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'Polytrack Lab' Turfway Has More Data, Answers

September 04, 2007

Opening night, Sept. 5, will mark the two-year anniversary of the debut of Polytrack at Turfway Park. The surface, save for maintenance and some tweaking of content, is about as even from the inner rail to the outer rail today as it was in 2005.... Read More

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No Equine Flu in New Zealand, Tests Show

September 04, 2007

New Zealand has been found to be clear of equine influenza after blood tests taken from horses recently arrived from Australia proved negative, Biosecurity New Zealand (BNZ) said Tuesday.

BNZ carried out tests on all horses which had... Read More

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Number of EI-Infected Horses Continues to Grow

September 04, 2007

The New South Wales Department of Primary Industries said 835 horses on 119 properties across the state were infected with equine influenza (EI) as of Sept. 3, with another 2,900 horses on 319 additional properties considered suspect of having... Read More

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Toxic Weed Hoary Alyssum Found in Drought-Affected Pastures

August 24, 2007

The 2007 growing season's drought conditions are causing challenges for anyone who handles plants or animals. Horse owners are no exception, and to a list of concerns including a shortage of hay and lack of pasture growth they need to add... Read More

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North Carolina Governor Seeking Federal Drought Aid

August 23, 2007

Farmers across North Carolina whose crops and livestock are hard-hit by the ongoing drought will get federal financial aid if Gov. Mike Easley gets his way.

Easley said Wednesday he will ask U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns for a... Read More

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Preparing for Winter Trailer Storage

August 18, 2007

While it might be hard to imagine that winter weather is only a few months away, now is the time to perform preventative maintenance on your horse trailer so that your rig is road-safe and ready come spring.

"Your trailer has safely... Read More

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Preparing to Buy a Horse

August 14, 2007

The decision to buy a horse is a big one, and like all major decisions, it should be made with a great deal of thought, consideration, and planning. Because owning a horse will change your life in ways you might never have imagined, you should approa... Read More

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Kentucky Rescue Course Has Audit Positions Open

August 12, 2007

Two three-day courses designed to instruct first responders, veterinarians, and horse owners on the art of hands-on rescue and transport of a recumbent horse, containment of large animals, mud and water rescues, and night search and rescue will... Read More

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Barn Design Tips: A Place to Call Home

August 01, 2007

Placement of the barn in a convenient, well-drained location, close or adjacent to turnout areas should be your primary consideration. Access for hay, feed, or bedding delivery vehicles is important. Try to put the structure downwind from the house, ... Read More

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Polytrack Debuts Successfully at Del Mar

July 19, 2007

Trainer T.R. (Ray) Bell II and jockey Jon Court had never received so much attention for capturing a maiden event as they did when Special Smoke became the first horse to win a race over Del Mar's new Polytrack racing surface July 18.

"I had a... Read More

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Controlling Infectious Disease Outbreaks

July 15, 2007

When an infectious disease is suspected, Scollay said to first establish a perimeter to contain infected and exposed horses, communicate the plan, and only then attempt a diagnosis.... Read More

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Racehorses Test New Del Mar Polytrack Surface

July 13, 2007

Thoroughbreds tested Del Mar's new artificial surface for the first time Thursday, working out over the track ahead of next week's opening of the 43-day summer meeting.

The $9 million Polytrack, a mixture of sand, fibers, rubber, and wax, was... Read More

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Private Sales of Horses

July 12, 2007

When the object of the contract is the sale of a horse, everything is open for negotiation--the identity of the horse, the purchase price, the terms of the sale, warranties, time and method of delivery, and the passing of the risk of loss.... Read More

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Breathing Easy: Air Quality Testing in the Equine Barn

July 10, 2007

"I used to look at a beam of light with the motes of dust in it and think it was aesthetically pleasing," said Melissa R. Mazan, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, of the Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in Massachusetts. "Now that I know what's in... Read More

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Horse Sales Transparency at Heart of New Florida Law

July 06, 2007

A bill that empowers Florida's state government to set rules regarding transparency issues in the sale of horses was recently signed into law by Gov. Charlie Crist.

The law gives the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services... Read More

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Understanding the Prepurchase Exam

June 26, 2007

The search is over: You've finally found the horse of your dreams. But before you sign the sales contract and load him onto the first trailer headed home, protect yourself with a prepurchase exam. Granted, there's no magic crystal ball there to... Read More

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Hollywood Park Tweaking Cushion Track Blend

June 22, 2007

(From Hollywood Park release)

Hollywood Park, acting on test results, has ordered additional wax for the top layer of its synthetic racing surface.

"There has bee... Read More

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Extreme Drought Spreading Across South

June 14, 2007

The choking dryness that's killing crops and turning streams into dusty trails across the Southeast is getting worse, with the government saying Thursday the nation's most extreme drought has expanded from Alabama into three neighboring states.... Read More

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Reduce Insects Organically With Birds

June 13, 2007

Recruiting attractive insect-eating birds to a horse facility, barn, or pasture is an easy and organic way to increase insect control.... Read More

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Injuries Common Among Experienced Riders, Study Finds

June 12, 2007

Results of a retrospective study performed by doctors at an Alberta trauma center shed a new light on the incidence and type of injuries sustained by equestrians. Additionally, the doctors found that experienced riders were more likely to suffer seve... Read More

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Safe and Healthful Stall Mats

June 01, 2007

So you have decided to invest in rubber mats for your stalls. What now? In this article, we'll compare some of the available features, and we'll give you points to consider when refining the requirements for your barn.

An important... Read More

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Texas Therapeutic Riding Group Seeks Volunteers

May 24, 2007

Therapeutic Riding of Texas (TROT), a North American Riding for the Handicapped Association premier accredited therapeutic riding center, is seeking side walkers and horse handler volunteers for Session II. Volunteers do not need experience, as ... Read More

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New York Senate Passes Bill Exempting Farm Buildings from Maintenance Code

May 24, 2007

The New York state senate passed a bill May 23 that would provide relief to farmers from the high costs and red tape a new state regulation could potentially cause them.

The bill (S.3022) would exempt permanent farm buildings on working... Read More