Recent News for Farm and Barn

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Equine Identification Task Force Meets, Discusses ID Plan Issues

April 06, 2004

The American Horse Council (AHC) National Equine Identification Plan Task Force, composed of representatives from all segments of the horse industry, held its second meeting in Dallas, Texas, March 18-19, 2004. "Clearly, the meeting indicated... Read More

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Trailers and Towing: The Driving Force

April 01, 2004

Whether you are an endurance rider, on the show circuit, or out for an adventure in the woods with friends, owning a trailer and having a vehicle to tow it offer unlimited possibilities to a great many horse owners where once equine travel was restri... Read More

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Mosquitos and Disease: Halt the Assault

April 01, 2004

WNV isn't the only threat posed by the common mosquito. All forms of arboviral encephalitis (arthropod-borne neurologic disease)--some of which, like WNV, can afflict both horses and humans--are mosquito-borne, as are malaria, dengue fever... Read More

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Pest Control: The Death Squad

April 01, 2004

When it comes to pest control products, the safest choices lie with EPA-approved chemical formulations developed for horse use, such as DEET, pyrethrins/pyrethroids, and organophosphates, or the EPA GRAS ("generally regarded as safe") ... Read More

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Foreign Animal Disease Investigations

March 30, 2004

"Veterinary practitioners are the cornerstone of foreign animal disease (FAD) surveillance in the United States," said Eileen Ostlund, DVM, PhD, head of the equine and ovine viruses section at the Diagnostic Virology Laboratory, National... Read More

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WNV: Treatment and Prevention

March 18, 2004

"West Nile virus (WNV) is the number one diagnosed neurologic disease in horses, or close to it," said William Saville, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, of The Ohio State University, at a March 10 Fort Dodge Animal Health educational seminar for... Read More

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Fencing: The Art of Good Neighbors

March 01, 2004

To build and maintain good horse fence does take time and effort, but in the end it can be very rewarding. We shall assume that the proper fencing materials have been chosen. However, a quick review of good, safe choices is helpful.... Read More

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The Grass is Not Always Greener

March 01, 2004

The word "horse" conjures up images of graceful, powerful animals roaming across miles of rolling hills, periodically stopping to graze on lush, green grass. In reality, such scenes are rare; these days, many horses live without... Read More

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How Safe is Your Barn?

February 01, 2004

Barns can be elaborate statements about our love for our animals and our economic status. In terms of equine health and safety, the best solution is one that works, not necessarily the most impressive or expensive one. Often, spending more money... Read More

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Safe and Healthy Fencing: A Place Apart

February 01, 2004

In the end, remember that a pastured horse's safety isn't just determined by the materials and construction of the enclosing fence. Other factors to consider include his temperament and age, the number and choice of pasture mates and neighbors... Read More

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Safe at Work

February 01, 2004

Whether riding a reining pattern or jumping a Grand Prix course, the arena is one of the oldest established venues where equine performance is trained and measured. Arena competitions date back to the times when horse-drawn chariots dashed wildly... Read More

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Glass Half Full?

February 01, 2004

Mud. Yuck! Is there any worse problem that we face in our equine environment than simple dirt and water mixed into a gooey sludge? The English have a great word for going out into the mud--they "slog" through it. Certainly sounds like what... Read More

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Kentucky Pasture Monitoring Programs

January 22, 2004

Comparing pasture samples from 2002 and 2003 didn't associate mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) with anything other than the Eastern tent caterpillar. However, Wayne Long, MS, of the University of Kentucky's (UK) Department of Agronomy,... Read More

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USDA Instituting New Blood Test for Equine Piroplasmosis

January 19, 2004

Effective Feb. 1, 2004, the USDA will institute a new blood test for determining the equine piroplasmosis status of horses upon entry into the United States.

The competitive enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (CELISA) is more sensitive... Read More

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USRider Distributes 500 Copies of Large Animal Rescue Video

January 12, 2004

USRider has distributed more than 500 free copies of a large animal rescue video to U.S. organizations and individuals since the video's introduction in the first quarter of 2003. The video, which was designed to increase awareness of the need... Read More

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New Electronic Certificates of Veterinary Inspection

December 15, 2003

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Centers for Epidemiology and Animal Health announced to industry stakeholders Oct. 22, 2003, that Veterinary Services (VS) is working with six states on an electronic Interstate Certificate of... Read More

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Great Britain Revises Codes on Infectious Diseases

December 11, 2003

Britain's Horserace Betting Levy Board has extensively changed its codes of practice regarding the infectious diseases contagious equine metritis (CEM), equine herpesvirus (EHV), and equine viral arteritis (EVA), which can severely disrupt... Read More

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Adding Trailer Bells and Whistles

December 01, 2003

With so many horse owners hauling their horses all over the country to equestrian sporting events and to fabulous places to trail ride, horse trailers have taken on a new purpose. Rather than just a box to transport horses, horse owners now look... Read More

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Organophosphate-Free Feed-Through Fly Control

November 25, 2003

On Nov. 24, Triad Specialty Products announced pending approval of a new feed-through fly control product. Serene Feed-Through Fly Control, which was designed for reducing fly populations in and around equine facilities, is in the final stages o... Read More

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Insuring Good Health

November 01, 2003

In today's world, there are many types of insurance that can protect us and our horses in the event of the ravages of disease, the pocket-emptying crisis of colic, and the finality of catastrophic injury and euthanasia. Equine insurance today... Read More

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Illinois Tax to Benefit Equine Research, Education

October 20, 2003

Illinois horse owners polled in a statewide referendum on Oct. 7 approved an innovative new program that establishes an elective tax on horse feed products that will benefit equine research and education in the state.

Sponsored by... Read More

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Horse Passports in England Save Equine Medicines

October 15, 2003

In response to a threat several years ago that horses in England might not be allowed to use many currently available medications because of the potential of having unauthorized medications reach the human food chain through exported horsemeat,... Read More

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The Grass Can Be Greener

October 01, 2003

Now is the time to make improvements to your pastures in order to have the best and most nutritious grazing for your horses next spring. A well-maintained pasture also offers a practical and economic break for you, as well. Through pasturing,... Read More

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Oregon Equine Herpesvirus-1 Outbreak

September 19, 2003

In the last month, 16 of the 19 horses at Brookhill Stables in Goble, Ore., and two horses from a nearby private farm, have showed respiratory and/or neurologic signs consistent with equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1), although not all have been... Read More

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Salting Hay for Storage

September 01, 2003

Q: I was told that using rock salt on hay that is kept in a small area would keep it from molding. Is this true, and would it do anything to the hay other than keep it dry?      Julie... Read More