Recent News for Breeding and Reproduction

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Wild Horse Killings Anger Community

January 03, 2002

Corolla, N.C., residents have pulled together to help find the killer of four wild horses that were shot to death in Nov., 2001. A $10,000 bounty has been posted for information that leads to a felony conviction of the killer, according to an... Read More

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Breeding Planning: Selecting A Sire

January 01, 2002

When you drive by a farm and see a bright, playful young foal romping in a lush pasture with his dam, it's easy to forget how much work, money, and planning went into his breeding. Many people underestimate the planning that goes into a... Read More

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Mother's Milk: Understanding Mare Lactation

January 01, 2002

Many think that lactation in the mare is not that important, especially compared to the dairy cow, from which milk is taken directly for human consumption. However, the importance of lactation in the mare must not be underestimated. Indeed, some... Read More

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In the Aftermath of Birth--Retained Placenta

January 01, 2002

The birth of a foal is a wondrous event; if all goes well, it is over quickly as the mare goes through the three stages of labor. The first stage generally involves restlessness as the mare paces the stall, paws, lies down, gets back up, and... Read More

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Pericarditis Study Results Released

December 17, 2001

Pericarditis is a disease involving the sac around the heart and the heart itself. The disease is uncommon. During the spring of 2001, however, an unexpectedly large number of cases... Read More

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Mild Winter Weather: Affect on Horses

December 17, 2001

It is well-accepted that the foal losses and other problems seen in several states in the spring of 2001 were triggered by environmental factors, meaning weather. Farmers and livestock managers have known for years that weather conditions affect the ... Read More

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Breeding Contracts: Read the Fine Print

December 01, 2001

Spring -- a time for new beginnings and unrealized potential -- might be the most enjoyable season of the year for a mare owner. The sight of a healthy foal romping with its dam in the field can easily pus... Read More

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Turnout Time for Warmblood Foals

December 01, 2001

I am being told by "professionals" that warmblood foals should be turned out a limited amount of time. The "professionals" were a farrier (who shoes Olympic-quality horses) and a respected veterinarian. Their reasoning is that warmblood babies grow... Read More

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Testing Passive Transfer of Antibodies

December 01, 2001

Q. In an article about the newborn foal’s care (article #287), Christina Cable, DVM, talks about the CITE test as one of the most frequently use... Read More

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Foaling Problems

December 01, 2001

A medical doctor once told me, "There’s only a 1% chance that a problem will develop, but if it develops in you, then it’s 100% a problem." So it goes with foaling: Foaling difficulties occur in less than 1% of births, but if it’s your mare, thi... Read More

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MRLS Research Yields Answers

December 01, 2001

The University of Kentucky (UK) College of Agriculture released guidelines (below) to help horse owners and farm managers avoid mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) and the uveitis (eye) and pericarditis (heart) problems that struck horses in... Read More

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MRLS Kentucky Economic Impact: $336 Million

December 01, 2001

More than 30% of the anticipated 2002 Thoroughbred foal crop in Kentucky was lost due to mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) this spring. The economic cost to the state from losses suffered by all horse breeds will total nearly $336 million,... Read More

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MRLS Jacks Up Insurance Rates; Policies Offered as Incentives

November 15, 2001

Prospective foal insurance used to be about the new owner of a pregnant broodmare protecting his investment after the purchase. At this year's Keeneland November breeding stock sale, insurance coverage became an
incentive to buy the mare in... Read More

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TV Series Focuses on Horse Genome Project

November 12, 2001

The horse genome project and the pros and cons of genetic tinkering within breeding will be the focus of a "Science Times" segment that will air Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 9:00 (EST). Science Times is a television series produced jointly by National... Read More

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MRLS Not Expected To Have Lingering Effects

November 07, 2001

“Our best guess is that mares in foal should produce normal foals, and mares which are open should have no problem getting in foal next year,” stated Dr. John Steiner, a veterinary reproductive specialist with the firm of... Read More

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Some To Grow On

November 02, 2001

The studies have been done, the jury is in, and the verdict is unanimous: if you want your foals to achieve their optimum growth, with the least risk of developmental orthopedic disorders like contracted tendons and physitis, plan to "creep feed"... Read More

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Unusual Placentitis Cases Decrease

November 02, 2001

The cases of nocardioform placentitis in Central Kentucky fell from 144 cases during the 1999 foaling season to 48 in 2000, according to a report in Equine Disease Quarterly, a publication funded by Underwriters At Lloyd's of London,... Read More

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USDA Seeks EVA Comments

November 02, 2001

The U.S. Department of Agriculture needs your help to develop an equine viral arteritis (EVA) regulatory program for U.S. horses.

The equine industry regards the disease as a potentially significant and increasing economic threat. Currently... Read More

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Test-Tube Foals Born In England

November 01, 2001

Europe's first successful intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) foals were recently born in Newmarket, England, as a part of a research program designed to create better sport horses. The foals were born March 21 and 28.

Professor Twink... Read More

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Spring Syndromes Cost Industry Millions

November 01, 2001

Several states, especially Kentucky, were struck this spring with a series of mysterious syndromes, the worst of which caused early fetal loss and late-term abortions in a large population of mares in Central Kentucky. The losses in the... Read More

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Reproductive Loss Survey Confirms Some Beliefs; Belies Others

November 01, 2001

Results from the survey of 133 farms in Central Kentucky regarding the early fetal loss and late-term abortions that occurred this spring substantiated some of the preliminary ideas held by researchers and veterinarians. The survey also put to... Read More

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Behind the Reproductive Loss Survey Numbers

November 01, 2001

"This survey was to identify risk factors, not causes," emphasized Roberta Dwyer, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVPM, of the University of Kentucky's Gluck Equine Research Center. Dwyer led the team that surveyed 133 Central Kentucky farms. Some farms were... Read More

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Ohio Searches for Reasons Behind Its Spring Losses

November 01, 2001

The same survey questions used to look at risk factors in mares with late-gestation and early fetal losses in Central Kentucky are being used to investigate the outbreak in Southeastern Ohio.

Stephe... Read More

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Breeding Horses With Genetic Disorders

November 01, 2001

I read on your site that two or three Quarter Horse stallions might be traced to the syndrome of polysaccharide storage myopathy (PSSM). I have a performance Quarter Horse filly with PSSM, and I feel it is important to know who these sires... Read More

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Gene Mapping Workshop Shows Great Progress

November 01, 2001

In the past two years, researchers have more than doubled the known number of landmarks for the equine gene mapping project, bringing the total mapped markers and genes to nearly 1,000. Horse geneticists... Read More