Recent News for Reproductive Problems

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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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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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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

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Advice On Getting Mares In Foal After Losses

June 07, 2001

Bob Douglas, PhD, owner of BET Labs in Kentucky, specializes in working with veterinarians and farm owners to assist in reproductive problems of mares and stallions. He works with Northern and Southern Hemisphere breeders, and said his clients... Read More

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Mare Reproductivity A Timely Topic At Farm Managers Meeting

June 05, 2001

Michelle LeBlanc, veterinarian, discussed mare reproductivity at farm managers meeting. On April 30, the Kentucky Thoroughbred... Read More

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Cloudy Fetal Fluids

June 04, 2001

Cloudy placental fluids and disturbances in the placental membranes were seen on ultrasound before many of the mares lost their pregnancies. Some mares that had these symptoms did not lose their pregnancies... Read More

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Syndrome Survey Nearly Completed; Hemlock Poisoning Not Ruled Out

June 03, 2001

Researchers at the University of Kentucky looking into the cause of mare reproductive loss syndrome are in the process of completing a comprehensive survey involving more than 150 farms. The... Read More

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Kentucky to Study Economic Impact of Breeding Industry Crisis

June 02, 2001

In an effort to determine the effects of Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome on the horse industry, Kentucky Gov. Paul Patton has announced he will commission an economic impact... Read More

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Washington Report: Ag Secretary Familiar With Syndrome

June 02, 2001

May 30, veterinarian Ed Ford, a former Kentucky state senator and current deputy secretary of the Executive Cabinet for Kentucky Gov. Paul Patton, visited U.S. Department of Agriculture... Read More

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Dirty Mares

June 01, 2001

Vet Q&A: My veterinarian said my mare probably didn't conceive this year because she was "dirty." We treated her and cleared up her problem, but what are our chances of getting her pregnant, and could she get "dirty" again?

The term... Read More

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Results From Informal Spring Loss Questionaire

June 01, 2001

We thank those of you who participated in last week's survey of farms experiencing symptoms similar to the spring loss syndromes. We had over 150 individuals respond since May 25, from all areas of North America. We received many replies from... Read More

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Veterinarians Report Pericarditis Cases Still Being Seen

May 31, 2001

Horse owners should not become too lax even though researchers say the insult that caused the foal losses and other health problems this spring in Kentucky and other states probably is past.

There still are lingering problems in the aftermat... Read More

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Researchers Probing How Mares Ingested Cyanide; 150 Farms Surveyed

May 31, 2001

Scientists now believe they know why more than 500 foals died and mares spontaneously aborted several thousand more early pregnancies on central Kentucky's horse farms this spring.

Their work, however, is far from finished as... Read More

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Attending to Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome Costly

May 31, 2001

While cost isn't always the most important consideration when it comes to a crisis, over time, the costs can add up.

For example, since Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome materialized in Kentucky, veterinarians and farm managers have been... Read More

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Epidemiologic Survey Teams Begin

May 31, 2001

Beginning Wednesday May 30, trained veterinarians, researchers and technicians will be contacting and visiting farms to administer an in-depth confidential farm survey. Questions will involve routine farm management, pasture management, and... Read More

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Non-Thoroughbred Breeding Farms Wanted

May 31, 2001

Attention to all non-Thoroughbred horse farms in Kentucky with more than 20 mares. If mares were bred between March 1 and May 1, examined by ultrasound as being in foal prior to 40 days and also after 60 days of gestation we strongly encourage... Read More

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Daily MRLS Information Updates Cease

May 31, 2001

As of May 25, we will be discontinuing the posting of daily reports from the UK Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center (LDDC). Both field reports from equine practitioners and submissions to the LDDC, indicate a sharp decline in number of MRLS... Read More

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May 25 MRLS Update

May 31, 2001

Following is from the University of Kentucky's College of Agriculture as of Friday, May 25, at 5 p.m. More information can be found on their web site at Read More

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Researchers Zero In on Cyanide as Cause of Foal Loss Syndrome

May 25, 2001

Researchers at the University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Center have made significant progress in their quest to find the cause of the Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome.

According to reports presented Thursday during an informational forum at... Read More