Recent News for Breeding and Reproduction

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Caterpillar Update

May 23, 2002

The newest study on early fetal loss and Eastern tent caterpillars began on May 21 and will continue for the next three weeks. The research is funded by the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation and headed by internal medicine specialist Bill... Read More

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Update on 2002 Early Fetal Loss in Central Kentucky

May 22, 2002

Figures generated from ultrasound... Read More

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Gauging MRLS Impact a Tough Task

May 21, 2002

It appears the number of incidents and symptoms of mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) in Central Kentucky are slowing, but there is still no definitive way to arrive at that conclusion. The number of fetuses taken to the University of... Read More

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Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome 2002 Update

May 21, 2002

Report from Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center
University of Kentucky College of Agriculture

From December 30, 2001 to May 18, 2002, a total of 759 equine abortions had been submitted to the Livestock Disease Diagnostic... Read More

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Central Kentucky Pasture Update and Recommendations

May 17, 2002

A report was issued today by Jimmy Henning, Extension Forage Specialist in the Department of Agronomy at the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture. The text follows:

Many questions... Read More

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The Picture of MRLS in One Month...

May 15, 2002

The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation is funding a collaborative look at caterpillars, their frass (excrement), and early fetal loss associated with mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS). It is possible that after this experiment--which... Read More

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Grayson To Fund New MRLS Research Project

May 10, 2002

Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation is funding a new project with the Kentucky Association of Equine Practitioners to seek critical information on Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome (MRLS). The project will involve monitoring of mares to seek... Read More

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UK Studies On-Going, Including Caterpillars/MRLS

May 09, 2002

A research project begins well before the experiment starts. That was the case of the recently completed collaborative effort at the University of Kentucky that associated the Eastern tent caterpillar and its frass (excrement) and mare... Read More

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Kentucky Farm Managers Discuss MRLS

May 08, 2002

A last-minute change in the program for the monthly meeting of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers Club had everyone focusing on this year’s incidences of mare reproductive loss syndrome on the evening of May 7. A panel was put together to... Read More

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Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy in Virginia

May 08, 2002

Four cases of mysterious illness in Northern Virginia horses have been attributed to equine herpesvirus (EHV) myeloencephalopathy, a rare neurologic version of EHV type 1, which is typically recognized in its respiratory form as rhinopneumonitis... Read More

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Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome Report

May 08, 2002

Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome
May 8, 2002

Report from Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center
University of Kentucky College of Agriculture

From December 30, 2001 to May 4, 2002, 604 equine abortions had been submitted to the... Read More

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MRLS Timeline

May 07, 2002

2001

April 7--The temperature high in Lexington is 84 degrees; 23 degrees above normal.

April 17--The temperature low in Lexington is 29 degrees; 19 degrees below... Read More

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Early Fetal Loss Low

May 07, 2002

According to Dr. Richard Holder, a practitioner with the Lexington, Ky., firm of Hagyard-Davidson-McGee who specializes in mare reproduction and fetal sexing, early fetal loss is occurring this year as it did last year, just at a much... Read More

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Some Farms Seeing No Losses

May 07, 2002

Reports from Central Kentucky and Ohio note that many farms are seeing no early fetal loss, late-term abortions, or term births of compromised foals. Dr. Roger Murphy, a private practitioner in Central Kentucky who was president last year of the... Read More

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Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome Is Back in 2002

May 06, 2002

“It’s definitely here,” said Doug Byars, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, an internal medicine specialist with the Hagyard-Davidson-McGee veterinary medical center in Lexington, Ky. “It’s not as consistent thus far, but a few farms are bringing us foals... Read More

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Spring Syndromes Review

May 06, 2002

Just before the Kentucky Derby last year, a series of events took place in Kentucky and surrounding states that resulted in 516 late-term abortions and 2,998 early fetal losses in Kentucky’s Thoroughbred industry alone. There also were about 60... Read More

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Field Reports Support Preliminary UK Research Results

May 03, 2002

Field reports from farm managers and equine practitioners attending the Equine Industry Task Force meeting Thursday evening, May 2nd appear to strongly support preliminary research results released by the University of Kentucky College of... Read More

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Veterinarians Discuss Current MRLS Concerns

May 02, 2002

The Kentucky Association of Equine Practitioners (KAEP) met Wednesday evening, May 1, to discuss the current status of mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) in central Kentucky.

A few isolated cases consistent with a... Read More

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Preliminary Results Released in MRLS Caterpillar Study

May 01, 2002

The University of Kentucky (UK) College of Agriculture has released preliminary results from a collaborative project involving the departments of entomology, veterinary science and the livestock disease diagnostic center. Early results from this... Read More

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LSU Foal Study On Viral Infections and Recurrent Airway Obstruction

May 01, 2002

Louisiana State University researchers in the School of Veterinary Medicine have begun a study to investigate the effect of viral infections on the immune response of neonatal foals, specifically if exposure to influenza virus reduces the risk... Read More

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Bute Toxicity in Neonates

May 01, 2002

Q: My wife and I were told that giving Bute (phenylbutazone) to a mare in foal can cause heart defects in the foal, similar to aspirin taken by women in early pregnancy. Is there any connection? A: Signs of phenylbutazone toxicity in foals whose...... Read More

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Flushing Solution?

May 01, 2002

I worked at a breeding farm when I was in high school, and after we inseminated the mare we flushed the tube with some type of solution that either was skim milk or reminded me of skim milk. What was that solution and was it necessary?... Read More

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New MRLS/Caterpillar Study Released

May 01, 2002

Preliminary results from a study at the University of Kentucky involving Eastern tent caterpillars and pregnant mares resulted in an early fetal loss syndrome similar to that associated with the mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) seen last... Read More

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Acupuncture and Microdose Prostaglandin in the Mare

May 01, 2002

Prostaglandin F2 alpha (PG) is used to shorten a mare's cycle and hasten ovulation for breeding. Unfortunately, the standard PG dose (5 mg) also causes undesirable side effects, including sweating, trembling, increased heart rate, and... Read More

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Cyanide Study in Caterpillars

May 01, 2002

Terry Fitzgerald, PhD, a distinguished university professor of biological sciences at the State University of New York College at Cortland, said recent research has shown that the Eastern tent caterpillar does a very good job of depleting the... Read More