Recent News for Healthy Farm Management

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Helicopter Crashes During Wild Horse Roundup

October 19, 2007

A helicopter being used to round up wild horses at Theodore Roosevelt National Park crashed Thursday above a corral. The park superintendent said two people aboard "seem to be all right."

The helicopter was hovering above the corral when its... Read More

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Equine Flu: Australia Sets Interim Importation Requirements

October 16, 2007

As equine influenza (EI) continues its spread through the infected areas of New South Wales and Queensland, Australian officials have ramped up the quarantine requirements for horses imported into the country.

According to updates released... Read More

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Infection Protection: It's Not Just About Vaccinations Anymore

October 10, 2007

At the AAEP's Healthy Horse Workshop in Ft. Collins, Colo., on July 28, Josie Traub-Dargatz, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, of Colorado State University's College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, shared her thoughts on control of infectious... Read More

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Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus: A Review

October 08, 2007

Staphylococcus aureus is a common bacterium and an important cause of disease in many species. Approximately 10% of healthy horses carry S. aureus in their noses. This occurrence is termed "colonization," as the bacteria are present... Read More

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Wise Use of Antibacterial Drugs

October 06, 2007

Antibiotics and synthetic antibacterial drugs have revolutionized the ability to treat bacterial infections in human and animal patients. These drugs deserve careful use to preserve and optimize their effectiveness. Deciding on a treatment plan... Read More

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Honda HS 1500V Equine Veterinary Ultrasound

October 02, 2007

Products Group International has introduced the Honda HS 1500V Equine Veterinary Ultrasound, a portable ultrasound system for equine reproduction and tendon scanning.... Read More

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Wound TLC

October 01, 2007

Proper and prompt care for each type of wound can make a difference in healing.... Read More

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Barn Innovations

October 01, 2007

We've come a long way since the days of the simple tie stall and the humble hitching post. Necessity is the mother of invention, and through the years we've added stall mats, cross-ties, hay racks, and automatic waterers to the mix.... Read More

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Bye Bye Bad Bugs

October 01, 2007

Disinfection is not a dirty word!

The following scenarios are based on fact; the names of the farms and diseases have been omitted purposely to worry you even more.

Scenario 1 After a scenic... Read More

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Cushion Track Gets Thumbs-Up at Opening of Oak Tree Meet

September 28, 2007

Safety was the watchword as Santa Anita became the third and final major Southern California racetrack to unveil its synthetic surface. Though Santa Anita's times Sept. 26--the opening day of the Oak Tree Racing Association meeting--were... Read More

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Australian Flu Cases Contained to Movement-Restricted Areas

September 15, 2007

Equine influenza has been contained to the equine movement-restricted areas of New South Wales and Queensland.... Read More

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British Group Calling for Pulling Parties to Remove Toxic Weed

September 06, 2007

The British Horse Society (BHS) has placed a call for volunteers to organize ragwort-pulling parties during its Ragwort Awareness Week to remove the deadly weed where it is growing on, and near to, grazing land. The second BHS... Read More

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'Polytrack Lab' Turfway Has More Data, Answers

September 04, 2007

Opening night, Sept. 5, will mark the two-year anniversary of the debut of Polytrack at Turfway Park. The surface, save for maintenance and some tweaking of content, is about as even from the inner rail to the outer rail today as it was in 2005.... Read More

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No Equine Flu in New Zealand, Tests Show

September 04, 2007

New Zealand has been found to be clear of equine influenza after blood tests taken from horses recently arrived from Australia proved negative, Biosecurity New Zealand (BNZ) said Tuesday.

BNZ carried out tests on all horses which had... Read More

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Number of EI-Infected Horses Continues to Grow

September 04, 2007

The New South Wales Department of Primary Industries said 835 horses on 119 properties across the state were infected with equine influenza (EI) as of Sept. 3, with another 2,900 horses on 319 additional properties considered suspect of having... Read More

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Toxic Weed Hoary Alyssum Found in Drought-Affected Pastures

August 24, 2007

The 2007 growing season's drought conditions are causing challenges for anyone who handles plants or animals. Horse owners are no exception, and to a list of concerns including a shortage of hay and lack of pasture growth they need to add... Read More

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Polytrack Debuts Successfully at Del Mar

July 19, 2007

Trainer T.R. (Ray) Bell II and jockey Jon Court had never received so much attention for capturing a maiden event as they did when Special Smoke became the first horse to win a race over Del Mar's new Polytrack racing surface July 18.

"I had a... Read More

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Controlling Infectious Disease Outbreaks

July 15, 2007

When an infectious disease is suspected, Scollay said to first establish a perimeter to contain infected and exposed horses, communicate the plan, and only then attempt a diagnosis.... Read More

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Racehorses Test New Del Mar Polytrack Surface

July 13, 2007

Thoroughbreds tested Del Mar's new artificial surface for the first time Thursday, working out over the track ahead of next week's opening of the 43-day summer meeting.

The $9 million Polytrack, a mixture of sand, fibers, rubber, and wax, was... Read More

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Breathing Easy: Air Quality Testing in the Equine Barn

July 10, 2007

"I used to look at a beam of light with the motes of dust in it and think it was aesthetically pleasing," said Melissa R. Mazan, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, of the Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in Massachusetts. "Now that I know what's in... Read More

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Hollywood Park Tweaking Cushion Track Blend

June 22, 2007

(From Hollywood Park release)

Hollywood Park, acting on test results, has ordered additional wax for the top layer of its synthetic racing surface.

"There has bee... Read More

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Reduce Insects Organically With Birds

June 13, 2007

Recruiting attractive insect-eating birds to a horse facility, barn, or pasture is an easy and organic way to increase insect control.... Read More

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Safe and Healthful Stall Mats

June 01, 2007

So you have decided to invest in rubber mats for your stalls. What now? In this article, we'll compare some of the available features, and we'll give you points to consider when refining the requirements for your barn.

An important... Read More

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Environmental Concerns Could Delay Tapeta Surface at Golden Gate

May 16, 2007

Environmental concerns could cause a delay in plans by Golden Gate Fields to install an all-weather racing surface this summer, the planning manager for the City of Albany, Calif., acknowledged May 16.

"It's hard to say at this point,"... Read More

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New Pennsylvania Track to Install Tapeta Surface

May 13, 2007

Presque Isle Downs, the new Erie, Pa. track owned by MTR Gaming Group, will install Michael Dickinson's synthetic Tapeta racing surface before its inaugural Thoroughbred meet begins Sept. 1., said Rose Mary Williams, director of racing at... Read More