Recent News for Breeding and Reproduction

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UK College of Agriculture: Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome Briefing 5/17/01

May 17, 2001

May 17--As of noon, a total of 9 additional aborted/stillborn equine fetuses/foals (5 late-term and 4 early-term) have been submitted for diagnostic testing/evaluation. The total as of this count since April 28, 2001 is... Read More

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Kentucky Diagnostic Center Fetal/Foal Loss Update, 5/16

May 16, 2001

As of noon May 16, the Kentucky Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center had received nine additional aborted/stillborn equine fetuses/foals (five early-term and four late-term) for diagnostic testing/evaluation. The total received since April 28, 2001,... Read More

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Ky. State Vet's Office Communique

May 16, 2001

Following is a statement sent to other State Veterinarians on May 16, 2001

SUBJECT: Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome

Dr. Don Notter, Kentucky State Veterinarian, has asked that I provide to you the latest information regarding what... Read More

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New Recommendations Issued on Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome

May 16, 2001

To: Kentucky Association of Equine Practitioners (KAEP)

From: KAEP Emerging Disease Committee

Re: Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome

Based on scientific and diagnostic results available to date, the following are suggestions... Read More

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Federal Aid Not Currently Available; NTRA, AHC Begin Lobbying Efforts

May 16, 2001

Industry organizations have taken a proactive stand in the wake of the fetal loss syndrome that has gripped Central Kentucky farms in recent weeks. Tim Smith, commissioner of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), has been in... Read More

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Ohio Diagnostic Lab Requests Owners Submit Aborted Fetuses, Deceased Foals

May 16, 2001

As Ohio veterinarians try to understand and determine what might be affecting foals in the Ohio River Valley, the number of foals and fetuses available for testing by the diagnostic lab is no greater than normal. Sheila Grimes, DVM, PhD, Pathology... Read More

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Explanation: Ergotism or Ergot Poisoning

May 16, 2001

At the industry-wide meeting on Thursday, May 10, Dr. Steve Jackson, an equine nutrition consultant and owner of Bluegrass Equine Nutrition, and Dr. Jimmy Henning, an extension forage specialist at the University of Kentucky's College of... Read More

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Kentucky Veterinarian Seeing Increase in Laminitis Cases

May 16, 2001

Dr. Rhonda Rathgeber, a veterinarian with Hagyard-Davidson-McGee veterinary firm in Lexington, Ky., specializes in performance horse problems. She said in the past 10 days, she has seen "a lot of riding horses lame with an associated colitis... Read More

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Kentucky Legislators Ask USDA for Assistance With Horse Industry 'Disaster'

May 16, 2001

Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell and two members of the House of Representatives from the Bluegrass State -- Ernie Fletcher of the 6th Congressional district and Ed Whitfield from the 1st district -- have written a letter to Secretary of Agricultur... Read More

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Dr. Byars--Pericarditis Becoming More of a Problem

May 16, 2001

While the numbers are nowhere near those associated with early fetal loss and late gestation pregnancy loss, there is a pattern appearing with horses developing pericarditis (fluid in the sac around the heart), said Dr. Doug Byars, a specialist... Read More

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May 12 Update: Foal Loss Appears to Be Slowing

May 16, 2001

As the breeding season winds to a close, you expect to see fewer foals being born. Therefore, there are fewer chances for the current syndrome to affect late-gestation mares. It also seems, however, that the loss of late-term gestations--and... Read More

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Evidence Presented at Keeneland Suggests All Horses May Be at Risk

May 16, 2001

The foal loss syndromes facing Kentucky's pregnant mares might be just the start of a host of problems that could affect horses of all ages, breeds, sexes, and uses in Kentucky and other states. Whether you have a gelding that is on turn-out, a... Read More

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Kentucky Diagnostic Center Fetal/Foal Loss Update, 5/15

May 15, 2001

As of noon May 15, the Kentucky Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center had received 26 additional aborted/stillborn equine fetuses/foals (18 late-term and eight early-term) for diagnostic testing/evaluation. The total received since April 28, 2001, is... Read More

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Syndrome Problems Continue in Ohio; Spread to West Virginia

May 15, 2001

It might not be possible to gauge the extent of the fetal loss syndrome problem in Ohio since pleasure horse owners might not pay for the cost of testing on dead fetuses and foals presented to the diagnostic lab. However, anecdotal reports support... Read More

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Additional Information on Zearalenone

May 15, 2001

In the industry-wide meeting at Keeneland on Thursday, May 10, zearalenone, a kind of mycotoxin, was put forth as a possible cause of the recent rash of late-term stillbirths, critical foals, and early fetal loss. But while experts seem to be in... Read More

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Kentucky's Fields Of Dreams Now Nightmares

May 11, 2001

The old-timers say Kentucky is horse country because of its soil. What's now growing on that soil could be the cause of a rash of late-term losses in foals, early embryonic death, pericarditis (fluid surrounding the heart), reduced growth rates... Read More

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Glossary Of Terms For Mare Reproductive Loss Syndromes

May 11, 2001

Following is a glossary of terms related to the mare reproductive loss syndromes in horses. This will be a living document--we will add to it as requested or as necessary. If you have any terms you would like to see listed on this document,... Read More

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Florida Only State Requiring Special Permit for Kentucky Shippers

May 06, 2001

Concerns about reports of late term abortions and early fetal loss in Kentucky mares has caused only Florida to enact special restrictions on horses shipping in from the Blue Grass.

Kentucky state veterinarian Dr. Don Notter said he has... Read More

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Florida Officials Tracking Requests for Horse Shipments; Van Companies Busy

May 06, 2001

Officials with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services' Division of Animal Industry, reported early Thursday afternoon that in 2 1/2 days they have received applications for 71 permits for horse shipments from Kentucky to... Read More

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Elective Cesarean Sections: Who Needs Them?

May 01, 2001

Many horse breeders and owners are familiar with the circumstances that necessitate an emergency cesarean section. Those circumstances involve the mare and/or unborn foal being in imminent danger due to birthing difficulties (also known as... Read More

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Hyperkalemic Periodic Paralysis (HYPP) and Breeding

May 01, 2001

Is it safe to breed a Quarter Horse mare N/H (heterozygous) for hyperkalemic periodic paralysis (HYPP)?... Read More

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Feeding Young Horses: It's Not the Protein

May 01, 2001

Genetics, exercise, and nutrition all play a role in the occurrence of developmental orthopedic disease (DOD) in young horses. There are, however, conflicting theories regarding the role of each. Breeds selected for rapid growth are at an... Read More

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Orphan Foal Farm Directory

April 20, 2001

The following farms raise orphan foals. If your orphan care service is not listed here or your listing needs to be updated, fax us at 859/276-4450 or e-mail Read More

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Septic Arthritis: Joint Savings

April 01, 2001

However, the most common cause of lameness that veterinarians see in neonatal foals is caused by septic arthritis, not careless mares. Septic arthritis also can be seen in older foals and adult horses, but the cause usually is quite different from th... Read More

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Castration In The Horse

April 01, 2001

Becoming educated on the entire process of castrating horses can only help you make decisions that are best for your horse. Castration has been used to control masculine/aggressive behavior in the male horse for hundreds of years. In medieval... Read More