Recent News for Farm and Barn

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High-Tech Horse Raising

August 13, 2003

Tracking the growth of young horses is going high-tech with a computer program called Gro-Trac. Developed by Kentucky Equine Research (KER), the program allows breeders to compare the growth rates of horses on their farms to others of the same... Read More

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Cleaning Water Buckets

July 01, 2003

Q: I'm concerned about keeping our horse's water buckets clean. In summer and winter (heated buckets) there is always scum on the inside. So far, I have spritzed them every day with a weak bleach solution followed by a spritz of... Read More

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Equipping the Barn

July 01, 2003

Whether you have a large barn or a small one, an inexpensive pre-fab building or an elaborate construction, you can equip it to make it more "user-friendly" for you and your horses. At the very least, your barn should provide safe shelter during... Read More

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Stock Trailer Accident Information Sought for Study

June 24, 2003

Students at Anderson College in Anderson, S.C., are compiling information on stock trailer accidents in order to better understand trailer safety concerns. The following questionnaire is being distributed to acquire this data, and horse owners... Read More

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Tax Bill Includes Provisions Beneficial to Horse Industry

June 13, 2003

(From the American Horse Council)

On May 28, U.S. President George Bush signed the $350 billion Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003 into law, the third federal tax reduction in as many years. The bill,... Read More

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Insurance Provides Comfort to Horse Owners and Breeders Against West Nile Virus

June 03, 2003

In Canada, Alberta and Ontario horse breeders and owners insured through CBL Oxford Insurance and Canada Brokerlink can feel confident that its horse mortality insurance policies will provide compensation for any horses killed by the West Nile viru... Read More

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Keeping Disease at Bay

June 01, 2003

Preventing communicable diseases from striking horses should be the goal of every horse owner. Despite our best efforts, however, there are going to be occasions when a communicable malady afflicts one or more horses at a private farm or public... Read More

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Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003

May 29, 2003

From the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association

Before adjourning for the Memorial Day recess, the United States Congress passed the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003. President George Bush will sign this... Read More

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Pesticide Applicators Must Be Licensed

May 19, 2003

To keep consumers safe, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture works to make sure that all persons who apply pesticides to someone else’s property are properly licensed.

All commercial pesticide applicators must be licensed through the... Read More

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Interview from a MRLS Test Farm

May 08, 2003

Some horse and agriculture farms were asked to be test farms during and after the mare reproductive loss (MRLS) crisis in 2001. One of those farms is Glennwood Farm in Versailles, Ky., owned by John D.... Read More

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Buying a Trailer: What to Know Before You Go

May 01, 2003

Buying a horse trailer is a big decision. With so many models and styles of trailers, how do you choose? ... Read More

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Thrush: Phew! Stinky Feet!

May 01, 2003

Thrush is very common, and it typically is a mild disease that can be easily treated. More importantly, it can be prevented with adequate hoof/foot management and good stable husbandry.... Read More

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Lloyd's Continues Support of Equine Disease Quarterly

April 29, 2003

Forewarned is forearmed. That is why Lloyd's of London Underwriters, Brokers, and their Kentucky Agents have made a gift of $40,000 to the University of Kentucky's Department of Veterinary Science for continued support of the Equine Disease... Read More

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Alltech Appointed University of Kentucky Presidential Fellow

April 29, 2003

The University of Kentucky’s President, Lee Todd, announced the appointment of Alltech Inc, a global leading manufacturer of natural technologies for the feed, food and alcohol industries, as one of its Presidential Fellows.

President... Read More

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Pest Control for Horses

April 07, 2003

Stable hygiene is the first line of defense in keeping pests out of a barn. Another place to exercise good stable hygiene is in the feed room. The storage of feed can either deter or attract rodents and other critters that don't belong in... Read More

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FDA Expands Label for Zimecterin

April 07, 2003

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced that it has approved additional label claims for Zimecterin (ivermectin), adding several species and stages of small strongyles to the list of parasites controlled by the equine... Read More

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Pasture Management and MRLS

April 07, 2003

In the spring of 2001, hundreds of mares in Central Kentucky lost their pregnancies in peculiar abortions attributed to mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS). Since then, horse farm managers have gone back to square one in reviewing their... Read More

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EEE and WNV Hit Florida

April 03, 2003

Ten cases of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) and one case of West Nile virus (WNV) have been confirmed by serological testing as of April 3 in eight Florida counties, according to Leroy Coffman, DVM, Florida’s state veterinarian and director o... Read More

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Traveling With Your Horse: Home Away From Home

April 01, 2003

You've decided to hit the road with your horse for a competition, overnight trail ride, or a pack ... Read More

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Camping With Your Horse

April 01, 2003

Whether it is the increased stress of daily life or the baby-boomer generation wanting to experience the roots of their pioneer forefathers, more and more people are setting out to see the country from horseback. As a result, equestrian... Read More

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The Right Saddle for the Job

April 01, 2003

What is good saddle fit? Simply put, it involves a saddle--English or Western--that spreads weight evenly on the longissimus dorsi muscles along either side of the spine. This well-fit saddle has clearance over the withers and doesn't impede movement... Read More

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Trailering Older Horses: On the Road Again

April 01, 2003

Senior horses require extra attention, especially during a long haul. Here's what to consider.... Read More

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EHV-1 Confirmed in Three Horses at Kentucky Racetrack

March 19, 2003

Equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1) has been confirmed as the cause of illness in three Thoroughbreds that were stabled in a training barn at Turfway Park in Florence, Ky. Tuesday’s announcement follows treatment of several EHV-1 outbreaks in Ohio... Read More

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Antimicrobials and Wound Healing

March 12, 2003

There is no significant difference between rates of wound healing with povidone iodine ointment and two formulations of silver sulfadiazine versus untreated controls, according to a recent study completed at the Virginia-Maryland Regional Colleg... Read More

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Fescue Allergy?

March 01, 2003

I have a 6-year-old Arabian gelding who used to spend up to about 12 hours a day on our fescue pasture. As a 4-year-old, he developed lesions on his three white legs on the cannon bone area that were crusty, raw underneath, very sore, and... Read More