Recent News for Breeding and Reproduction

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A Day in the Life of A Breeding Farm

June 13, 2005

A world away from hitting the finish line of a classic race in front of tens of thousands of screaming fans, the dream is reborn. In the quiet of a gray winter morning, when the earth throws its warmth off into the cold air and... Read More

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Equine Herpesvirus Suspected at Prairie Meadows

June 08, 2005

Horses in one barn at Prairie Meadows in Iowa have been quarantined due to a possible case of equine herpesvirus.

The order to keep horses from entering or leaving the barn area came late in the afternoon of June 6 after Storm Wrangler... Read More

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Seven Churchill Horses Test Positive for EHV

June 06, 2005

Horses trained by Steve Asmussen will remain under quarantine in Barn 38 for at least a few more days. Seven horses in his barn still test positive for equine herpesvirus, although there are no new cases with clinical signs. The neurologic form... Read More

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Equine Herpesviruses 1&4

June 01, 2005

Herpesvirus is a particularly well-evolved virus that occurs in many mammals, such as humans, horses, cats, and cows. Each strain tends to be species-specific, meaning that viruses infecting one animal species do not usually infect another... Read More

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Maiden Mare Fertility

June 01, 2005

What could be causing fertility problems in an otherwise healthy mare?... Read More

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Finding a Stallion Handler

June 01, 2005

We have expanded our semen collection/shipping facility, so we can now keep up to eight stallions in residence and accommodate local stallions trailering in just for semen collection as needed through the season. In the past we have depended upo... Read More

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Weaning Foals

June 01, 2005

There are many ways to wean foals, so choose a method that will work best for your horses and farm.... Read More

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Old Horses, Old Problems

June 01, 2005

It is amazing how many horse owners have one or more horses over the age of 15. My daughter's old Arab mare is 22 this year. She's slowed down (somewhat), has a bit more trouble getting up and down, and has a little more sway to her topline, but... Read More

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Champion Horse Cloned

June 01, 2005

Italian researchers announced on April 14 that the first clone of a sterile horse is healthy and thriving. The Arabian colt, a genetic copy of U.S. endurance rider Valerie Kanavy's two-time World Champion horse Pieraz, proves that researchers ca... Read More

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American Horse Cloning Project Successful

June 01, 2005

America's first cloned horse turned six weeks old on April 27, according to Texas A&M University (TAMU) researchers who partnered on the successful cloning venture with French scientist Dr. Eric Palmer of Cryozootech. The colt, named "Paris... Read More

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Cornell Research on Herpesvirus Vaccines

May 27, 2005

A presentation on recent research into herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1) vaccines was given by Klaus Osterrieder, DVM, DVM Habilitation (a German equivalent to a PhD), associate professor of virology in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell the... Read More

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Additional Horse Succumbs to EHV-1 in Maryland

May 26, 2005

There are no new clinical equine herpesvirus (EHV-1) cases among horses at the Columbia, Md. horse facility that has been handling an outbreak of the neurologic form of the virus since late March. In the past week, one horse that had been... Read More

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Modified Live Herpesvirus Vaccine Shows Protective Qualities Against Neurologic Form

May 26, 2005

Preliminary research from Cornell University indicates that the commercial vaccine containing weakened live viruses (Rhinomune), called a modified live vaccine (MLV), appears to be more effective in preventing equine herpesvirus (EHV) than kille... Read More

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Horses in Third Quarantined Barn Set to Return to Training Today at Churchill Downs

May 24, 2005

Horses stabled in the third Churchill Downs barn placed under quarantine by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) because of confirmed cases of equine herpesvirus type-1 have been cleared to return to the track for limited training. Those... Read More

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Umbilical Cord Length and Foal Health

May 23, 2005

A long umbilical cord increases the risks for abortions and stillbirths in horses. Complications include strangulation of the foal and excessive cord twisting, writes Karin Bosh in a recent edition of Equine Disease Quarterly, a newsletter... Read More

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Training Resumes at Churchill

May 23, 2005

Horses stabled in a second Churchill Downs barn placed under quarantine by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture because of confirmed cases of equine herpes virus at the track will be allowed to return to limited training on May... Read More

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Churchill EHV-1 Update

May 23, 2005

Equine herpesvirus type-1 (EHV-1) has been confirmed as affecting horses at Churchill Downs. 

Three barns (6, 38, and 39) are currently quarantined on the backside of Churchill Downs.

To date, a total of five... Read More

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Update on Maryland EHV-1 Situation

May 23, 2005

As of May 20, there were no new equine herpesvirus (EVH-1) cases at the Columbia, Md. horse facility that has been handling a number of cases of the neurologic form of the virus since late March. Private veterinarians, Maryland state animal... Read More

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Mothers to Be

May 19, 2005

While the socialization process of transforming fillies and mares from racetrack careers into broodmares might be easier than it is for stallions, biologically it is significantly more complex for distaffers to begin their reproductive... Read More

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Preakness Runners Not Affected by Churchill EHV Quarantine

May 18, 2005

Churchill Downs and Kentucky veterinary officials are segregating horses because of a possible outbreak of an equine respiratory virus in three barns, but no horses entered in Saturday's Preakness Stakes (gr. I) are affected.

Rusty Ford of... Read More

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Update on Churchill Downs Horses

May 18, 2005

Necropsies from the two horses affected by neurologic signs at Churchill Downs showed the horses had lesions consistent with equine herpesvirus myeloencephalopathy (damage to the brain and/or spinal cord). Three other horses are currently showin... Read More

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Three Barns Quarantined for EHV at Churchill Downs

May 17, 2005

The Blood-Horse and The Horse have learned that three barns at Churchill Downs have been put under quarantine because of a possible outbreak of an equine viral respiratory disease. Rusty Ford of the Kentucky State Veterinarian's... Read More

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Innovative Mare Milker

May 12, 2005

A new invention by Buck Wheeler called the Udderly EZ mare milker is helping breeding farms manage colostrum collection and the sometimes difficult task of milking a mare.

The device is a hand-held, trigger-operated pump that fits on a... Read More

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Pfizer and Brown + Associates Win NAMA Best Of Show Award

May 09, 2005

What if parasites could communicate with us?  That’s the premise behind this year's National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) Best Of Show winner in the Specialty Division.

During a ceremony held on April 20, 2005 in Phoenix,... Read More

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Maryland EHV-1 Update

May 07, 2005

Facility managers who are handling a neurologic equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) or "rhino" incident at a Columbia, Md. horse stable reported May 7 that one additional horse had to be euthanized. The horse had exhibited a low-grade fever... Read More