Recent News for Farm and Barn

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Heeding Quarantine

September 01, 2009

Quarantine is one of the oldest infectious disease control measures. Formal use of quarantine dates back at least to the 14th century in Italy, where city officials banished people infected or exposed to people with plague ("black... Read More

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Secondhand Tack and Disease

September 01, 2009

Don't bring a disease home to your horses when buying used tack or even sharing equipment with your friends. ... Read More

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Barn, Stall, and Fence Maintenance

September 01, 2009

Take a closer look at your barn and property and ensure it's safe for horses and handlers.... Read More

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EHV-1 Quarantine Lifted at Pennsylvania Stable

August 31, 2009

A quarantine at Rolling Hills Ranch stable in Bridgeville, Allegheny County, Pa., has been lifted after samples collected from all 116 horses there tested negative for the neurologic form of equine herpesvirus-1, or EHV-1, said Agriculture... Read More

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Horse Sales: Cribbing Can Break the Deal

August 31, 2009

Even when a stalled, cribbing horse is turned out to pasture, they often continue to crib on the fencing or water troughs. It's also interesting to note that some experts think cribbing can be a pleasurable sensation for horses ... Read More

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Horses Top Kentucky Agriculture Receipts in 2008

August 30, 2009

Cash receipts from sales of horses and stud fees in Kentucky again made equines the top agriculture product in 2008, according to state agriculture commissioner Richie Farmer.

Horse sales and stud fees totaled $1.08 billion, down 4% from... Read More

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California Report: Racehorse Hind Limb Injuries Increased

August 28, 2009

A necropsy report presented to the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) Aug. 27 at Del Mar tends to support trainers who complain that synthetic tracks lead to more hind limb injuries.

In 2008, 19 Thoroughbreds from a total of 111 that died... Read More

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Tips for Safe Horse Transport during Hot Weather

August 27, 2009

Hot weather can pose serious health problems for horses, including dehydration, heatstroke, and exhaustion. ... Read More

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Diseases Potentially Spread from Horses to Humans Via Bites Reviewed

August 26, 2009

The long list of diseases that humans could potentially contract after being bitten by a horse gives new meaning to the old adage, "Don't look a gift horse in the mouth."

According to the report, "That Horse Bit Me: Zoonotic... Read More

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Toxic Ragwort Warning Issued by UK Group

August 25, 2009

Land and horse owners are reminded to be on their guard against deadly ragwort following the inclement weather of July and August, World Horse Welfare noted in a statement Aug. 13.

"Ragwort poses a huge risk to horse health and in... Read More

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Horse Positive for Hendra to be Euthanized

August 24, 2009

Test samples taken from a horse at a Cawarral horse nursery property have come back positive, showing the horse was exposed to Hendra virus. The virus neutralization test utilized is considered the definitive test to determine whether an... Read More

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Apply Nitrogen to Horse Pastures in the Fall

August 24, 2009

Fall nitrogen application has long been promoted within the turfgrass industry to improve stand density. Researchers conducted a field study on four well-managed horse farm pastures in the Central Bluegrass region of Kentucky from September 2006... Read More

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Stallion Hygiene Key for Improving Frozen Semen

August 22, 2009

The semen of some stallions tolerates freezing well, while the semen of others does not. Researchers are trying to discover the reasons for this in order to develop freezing protocols that decrease the variability of sperm, thereby increasing th... Read More

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Hendra: Horse Events in Area Clear to Continue, Vet Says

August 21, 2009

The horse community is being encouraged to continue with planned events as authorities continue to respond to the Hendra virus incident at Cawarral, near Rockhampton. Three horses on a Cawarral, Queensland, property died in late July and early... Read More

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Vet Hospitalized with Hendra Virus

August 20, 2009

A veterinarian exposed to a horse infected with Hendra virus has tested positive for the disease and is hospitalized in an induced coma, said the Australian Horse Industry Council.

Three horses on a Cawarral, Queensland, property died in... Read More

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The Germinator Brush for Horses

August 19, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Barbara Pierce

Kinetic Technologies LLC

859-258-9160

barbarapierce@KineticTech.net

Introducing the Germinator Brus... Read More

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Red Barn Mats

August 17, 2009

Surfacing Resources, LLC, a leading supplier and installer of quality rubber flooring for the equine industry, is proud to announce the addition of Red Barn mats to our product line.

Red Barn has manufactured high quality, 100%... Read More

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Spike in Pigeon Fever Cases Reported in Colorado

August 17, 2009

Equine owners should be extra vigilant for signs of pigeon fever in their horses, according to Colorado State University... Read More

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Saddle Pad Research Shows Variable Changes in Rider Pressure

August 12, 2009

Saddle pads might help reduce painful pressure on a horse's back caused by ill-fitting saddles, but the ideal pad will vary from horse to horse and from saddle to saddle, according to a new study by Austrian researchers.

Optimum pressure... Read More

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Weed of the Month: Spiny Pigweed

August 09, 2009

Spiny pigweed/Spiny amaranth
Scientific name: Amaranthus spinosus L.
Life Cycle: Warm season annul
Origin: Tropical America
Poisonous: No

Spiny pigweed is distributed widely across the United States and grows most... Read More

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Two Horses Killed by Honeybee Attack in France

August 09, 2009

Two horses in France died from complications following a rare, but ferocious, attack by domestic honeybees.... Read More

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Toxic Mushroom Risk for Horses in Kentucky Pastures Due to Wet Weather

August 08, 2009

At the beginning of August, the University of Kentucky's Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center (LDDC) received several calls regarding the presence of mushrooms in pastures around eastern Kentucky. Callers were concerned about whether it presented... Read More

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NY May Demand Horses' Complete Vet Records

August 08, 2009

State racing regulators in New York, seeking additional and timely information about medications given to racehorses, are eyeing a major crackdown on recordkeeping practices of Thoroughbred owners and trainers.

In what one official... Read More

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West Nile Virus-Positive Mosquito Pool in 2009 Confirmed in Maryland

August 06, 2009

The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) announces the first state detection of a West Nile virus (WNV) mosquito pool in Maryland in 2009. State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) laboratory results confirmed the presence of WNV in... Read More

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Horse Dies in Decomposing Seaweed; Toxic Gas Blamed

August 06, 2009

A horse died and its owner fell unconscious within seconds of falling into decomposing green seaweed along the northern coast of Brittany, France, last week, according to several sources.

Vincent Petit, DVM, PhD, said he was hand-leading... Read More