Recent News for Breeding and Reproduction

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CEM Found In Kentucky Nurse Mare

March 27, 1998

The nurse mare (Miss VQ) which was leased to a Thoroughbred farm in Kentucky and found culture positive for the CEM-like organism, has implicated two non-registered stallions (Hammer and Coal Digger) as the potential source of her infection... Read More

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CEM Update 3/20/98

March 20, 1998

The nurse mare (Miss VQ) which was leased to a Thoroughbred farm in Kentucky and found culture positive for the CEM-like organism has implicated two non-registered stallions (Hammer and Coal Digger) as the potential source of her... Read More

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Cosmetic Alteration Of Arabian Horses

March 02, 1998

Surgical alteration of any Arabian horse to enhance its appearance is not in the breed's best interest.... Read More

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Contagious Disease: Care Not Fear

March 01, 1998

It never seems quite fair when "something" happens that doesn't directly involve you, but ends up affecting you. Vesicular stomatitis did that to many horse people in the last two years. Restrictions on movement of horses caused problems for... Read More

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Contagious Equine Metritis

March 01, 1998

There are at least 25 countries in the world where contagious equine metritis (CEM) exists, or has been known to exist sometime in the past, in the native equid population (meaning horses, mules, donkeys, etc.). These countries include... Read More

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The Sub-Fertile Stallion

March 01, 1998

When we consider that foaling rates overall range somewhere in the neighborhood of 55-60% it becomes instantly obvious that simply covering a mare and getting a foal are not a sure thing. The problem is not always with the mare. ... Read More

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A Deadly Cough

March 01, 1998

When foals get sick, horse owners can sometimes face many sleepless nights, as well as weeks or months of intensive management, to get these babies through the rough spots. One of the most common problems in the ill foal is pneumonia, caused by ... Read More

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CEM Update From the USDA

February 20, 1998

Original Isolation (California) on Nov. 24, 1997, bacterial cultures were obtained from a mammoth donkey jack located in Sacramento County, Calif., in preparation to qualify his semen for export. Specimens were submitted to... Read More

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CEM Epidemiological Survey and Action (California)

February 20, 1998

The contagious equine metritis (CEM)-affected jack in California is approximately 11 years old and has been owned by the same individual for 10 years since purchased at a local mule event. From purchase until... Read More

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Independent Secondary Isolation of CEM in Kentucky

February 20, 1998

In a separate and unrelated incident, a second contagious equine metritis (CEM)-like organism was recovered from a jack in Kentucky which has no known association or relation to the California jack. Two Standardbred mares... Read More

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Kentucky CEM Update

February 20, 1998

As of Feb. 18, three more horses had tested positive for a "CEM-like" organism in Kentucky. A Paint stallion and two pregnant mares were cultured positive for the organism on the original nurse mare farm in Kentucky where the organism that cause... Read More

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USDA Relieves Oklahoma Horse Import Restrictions

February 20, 1998

The USDA has added Oklahoma to the list of states approved to receive certain mares and stallions imported into the United States from regions affected with contagious equine metritis, a serious venereal disease of... Read More

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Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Manager's Club: Keeping Mares and Foals Healthy

February 17, 1998

The middle of foaling season was an appropriate time for farm managers in Central Kentucky to brush up on some of the finer points of keeping foals and mares healthy. Veterinarian Karen Wolfsdorf of Hagyard, Davidson, & McGee,... Read More

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CEM: Breeding Farm Precautions

February 17, 1998

The problem of contagious equine metritis (CEM) has not gone away. In fact, it has become more confusing as the weeks have progressed since a "CEM-like organism" was found in a Mammoth donkey jack in California in December 1997. In a separate an... Read More

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Regu-Mate Studies

February 13, 1998

Two studies involving the use of altrenogest (Regu-Mate) to control behavior of stallions appeared on the surface to have contradictory results. However, there was a key difference--age of the stallions involved--tha... Read More

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Foal Sharing

February 01, 1998

Foal sharing, by definition, is an agreement under which a mare owner puts up the use of a mare while the stallion owner puts up the use of a season. Together, the two partners own the resulting foal with no currency having changed hands for a stud... Read More

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Predicting Foaling

February 01, 1998

Eleven months is a considerable length of time to anticipate the birth of a foal. A great deal of hope, excitement, dreams, and financial investment can accompany the arrival of a newborn. Because of the long wait, most owners want to monitor th... Read More

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Sound and Pictures

February 01, 1998

One of the most significant advances in equine management in recent years has been the advent of ultrasonography, or ultrasound. Through this technology, which bounces repeating sound waves off tissues and structures in the horse's body and... Read More

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Sub-Fertile Mares

February 01, 1998

A broodmare which fails to conceive or carry a foal to term can be an emotional and financial liability. For the backyard breeder, the liability might be primarily emotional, when that special mare you wanted to produce your next trail horse or... Read More

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Does Frozen Semen Really Work?

February 01, 1998

It has been more than 40 years since Canadian investigators reported the birth of the first foal from the insemination of a mare using frozen stallion semen. Since then, the technology of semen freezing has evolved tremendously. On a... Read More

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Oxytocin And Maternal Recognition Of Pregnancy In Mares

January 09, 1998

It is well established that early conceptus loss (the embryo and its associated extra-embryonic membranes) is a major source of reproductive inefficiency in domestic animals. Early pregnancy in all mammals is characterized by a high fertilizatio... Read More

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Tyzzer's Disease

January 09, 1998

Tyzzer's disease affects many species of animals. It was originally described as an illness of mice, but has also been reported to cause disease in dogs, cats, rats, gerbils, rabbits, guinea pigs, monkeys, muskrats, hamsters, and foals. Tyzzer's... Read More

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Estrous Cycle Primer

January 01, 1998

For all things there is a time and a season. Nowhere is this more true than in equine reproduction. Nature has established a definite time and season for mares to conceive and bear foals. It is a very sensible approach on the part of... Read More

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Newborn Knowledge

January 01, 1998

Final preparations will need to be made so that the newborn foal gets the best chance at life.... Read More

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Foal Imprinting

January 01, 1998

A mare goes into labor. Powerful and swift contractions expel a foal that,  for a short time, lies helpless in the straw or on the grass. A handler quietly approaches the wet creature that is drawing its first breaths. This... Read More