Recent News for Breeding and Reproduction

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Embryo Transfer for Horses

September 18, 2001

One plus one plus one equals one. The stallion, dam, and surrogate dam probably never met, but all three contributed to produce a foal. Today's assisted breeding technologies can overcome the constraints of distance, competitive involvement,... Read More

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Ovariectomy

September 17, 2001

Ovariectomy is a procedure that generally is performed to remove an abnormal ovary. Occasionally, an ovariectomy is performed in fillies or mares which have particularly bad behavior during their heat cycle in an effort to make them more... Read More

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Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome Research Report Released

September 14, 2001

Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome Farm Survey Results
Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center
University of Kentucky College of Agriculture
September 14, 2001

The goals of the 11-page Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome... Read More

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Working Moms

September 13, 2001

Back in the days when horses pulled the plows and harvesting machines across agricultural America, it was not uncommon to see a team of horses trudging over a field with a young foal trailing behind one of the mares. Many farmers could not affor... Read More

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Tying-Up Syndrome

September 13, 2001

I just bought a Thoroughbred filly which was in race training, but retired without running because of recurrent bouts of ‘tying-up.’ She had been turned out for six months before I got her, and never showed any problems while on the farm.... Read More

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Return to Nature With Pasture Breeding

September 13, 2001

In a world of artificial insemination and embryo transfer, simplicity can prevail. Registered stallions and mares can breed with minimal human intervention, through natural cover in the pasture. Pasture breeding continues as an... Read More

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Are You My Mother?: Maternal Behavior

September 12, 2001

Anyone who has witnessed a foal's first few minutes in this world might agree that one of the most miraculous parts of the process is the way a mare greets and bonds with her newborn. With a deep sniff at the baby's nostrils, that distinctive... Read More

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Mare Study Preliminary Results Are Encouraging

September 07, 2001

There are no significant differences between mares bred in Kentucky and mares bred in Florida, according to the preliminary results of a study that was designed to determine the effects of mare reproductive loss system (MRLS). Tom Riddle, DVM,... Read More

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Stifle Problems

September 01, 2001

It doesn't take much to spot a stifle problem: The telltale swelling in the stifle area is a big hint.... Read More

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Is No News, Good News?

August 24, 2001

While there haven’t been any headlines about the various syndromes that affected a large section of the eastern and mid-western United States this spring, that doesn’t mean that researchers or practitioners aren’t hard at work.... Read More

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Detoxifying Cyanide

August 24, 2001

According to Dr. Terry Fitzgerald, the Eastern tent caterpillar does a very good job of detoxifying the cyanide it ingests when eating the leaves of black cherry trees. Fitzgerald, a distinguished university professor of biological sciences at... Read More

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Removal of Fencerow Black Cherry Trees

August 24, 2001

A publication recently developed by the University of Kentucky’s Jeff Stringer, Department of Forestry, and J. D. Green, Department of agronomy, outlines the proper way to eradicate black cherry trees from your property. These trees are known to... Read More

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Foal/Fetal Losses: Keeping Watch

August 24, 2001

Several reproductive specialists at Hagyard-Davidson-McGee veterinary firm in Lexington, Ky., are following about 100 pregnant mares. These are mares from farms which were either affected or unaffected by foal/fetal losses this spring... Read More

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Jockey Club Projects 2002 Foal Crop of 35,600

August 24, 2001

The Jockey Club is cautiously projecting a 2002 North American registered Thoroughbred foal crop of 35,600, due to uncertainties concerning the Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome (MRLS) which affected central Kentucky this spring.

"At this... Read More

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Horse Geneticists Meet In Brisbane, Australia

July 13, 2001

Horse geneticists met July 4-6, 2001, in Brisbane, Australia, for the Fourth International Equine Gene Mapping Workshop. Forty-two scientists from Europe, Asia, Australia and America met to present their research and discuss... Read More

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Latest Foal Loss Update Shows No Change In Risk Factors

July 06, 2001

In the latest update on Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome, researchers at the University of Kentucky report the evidence continues to point toward cherry trees and a caterpillar infestation this spring as the likely causes of the problem. Research... Read More

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Barefoot Benefits

July 01, 2001

We often assume a horse needs shoes without really thinking about why or how that affects a horse's overall health. Yet standard veterinary texts, such as books by James Rooney, DVM, and O.R. Adams, DVM, on... Read More

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Equine Nutrition Education

July 01, 2001

A wide variety of equine nutritional topics was covered at the fourth annual Alltech Equine School April 25-28 in Lexington, Ky., sponsored by Alltech, a feed ingredient company in Nicholasville, Ky. Among the speakers was Harold Hintz, BS, PhD,... Read More

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Deadly Spring Syndromes

July 01, 2001

Good news travels fast in the horse business; bad news travels even faster. In the case of an outbreak of mysterious early fetal loss and late-gestation foal loss, cooperation and quick sharing of information served to help researchers... Read More

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EVA Video Available; Rule in the Works

July 01, 2001

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released a video entitled "Equine Viral Arteritis (EVA): A Manageable Problem." EVA is an acute, contagious viral equine disease that can cause fever, respiratory illness, ocular... Read More

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Initial Pericarditis Survey In Yearlings Brings Good News

June 14, 2001

Dr. Doug Byars, head of the internal medicine unit at Haygard-Davidson-McGee veterinary firm in Lexington, Ky., reported that examinations on three farms of 150 Thoroughbred yearlings revealed... Read More

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Central Kentucky Pericarditis Cases: Nearly 60

June 14, 2001

The incidence of known pericarditis cases in Central Kentucky has reached nearly 60 horses. At least a dozen horses have died because of the condition, which produces inflammation of, and fluid in, the sac surrounding the... Read More

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Areas With Spring Loss Syndrome Cases

June 14, 2001

Many counties in Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia have reported cases of the spring syndromes. The Kentucky information was compiled from the Kentucky Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center and private practitioners. The Ohio and West Virginia... Read More

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Kentucky's Pericarditis Cases Called 'Clinically Significant'

June 14, 2001

Additional cases of pericarditis are occurring in Kentucky and possibly other states (including Ohio), with the problem now claiming... Read More

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EVA Video Available To Public

June 08, 2001

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released a video entitled “Equine Viral Arteritis (EVA): A Manageable Problem.” EVA is an acute, contagious viral equine disease that can cause fever, respiratory illness, ocular... Read More