Recent News for Healthy Farm Management
April 01, 2008
The best way to keep your horses healthy is prevent them from getting sick. Sounds absurdly simple, right? In theory, this works. But in the real world of trying to protect horse... Read More
March 22, 2008
As a precautionary measure, the Western College of Veterinary Medicine's Large Animal Clinic at the University of Saskatchewan is not accepting any nonemergency equine patients to control risks related to equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1)... Read More
March 18, 2008
Participants from the Thoroughbred breeding and racing industry who attended the second Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit in Lexington, Ky., on March 17 and 18 drafted action plans in seven areas to improve conditions in a multitude of... Read More
March 12, 2008
A barn at Charles Town Races & Slots was placed under quarantine March 10 after a local veterinarian reported he was treating a 4-year-old filly for neurological signs of an unknown origin.
Live racing and training at the West Virginia... Read More
March 08, 2008
Researchers found that soiled bedding appears to be a principle vehicle for contamination.... Read More
February 21, 2008
Experts from all avenues of the racing industry presented statistics and opinions on synthetic surfaces before a standing-room-only crowd during a six-hour special meeting called by the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) Feb. 20. While some... Read More
February 15, 2008
The dressage, eventing, and hunter/jumper communities are uniting for the good of all equestrians Feb. 26, 2008 to raise funds for the Equestrian Aid Foundation. The occasion is the 70th birthdays of renowned horsemen George H. Morri... Read More
February 05, 2008
Ian Pearse of Melbourne, Australia, is receiving plenty of attention these days as the man expected to fix Santa Anita's troubled Cushion Track synthetic surface. Founder and president of Pro-Ride Racing Australia, Pearse this week begins what i... Read More
February 02, 2008
Ian Pearse of Pro-Ride Racing Australia stands ready to begin fixing Santa Anita's beleaguered Cushion Track surface as soon as the final race is completed Feb. 3.
"On Sunday afternoon after the races, we'll harrow the track and break up... Read More
January 17, 2008
A liquid binder officials believe will save Santa Anita Park's Cushion Track should take about 10 days to acquire and another four to mix with the synthetic racing surface, the California Horse Racing Board was told Jan. 16.
Track president... Read More
January 15, 2008
The Hong Kong Jockey Club recently demonstrated its manure management program, illustrating one way in which the club will observe the "Green Olympics" theme of the 2008 Olympic Games. Stable waste and manure from the Olympic equestrian venues a... Read More
January 15, 2008
Synthetic material that includes a liquid binder will be added to Santa Anita Park's main surface in an effort to improve drainage, the Southern California racetrack announced Jan. 15.
After several days of testing material manufactured by... Read More
January 10, 2008
A U.K. veterinarian has possibly linked common face flies to the spread of sarcoids, one of the most commonly encountered equine neoplasias (tumors), and it is conceivable that the risk of spreading sarcoids could be minimized through horse... Read More
January 06, 2008
A downturn in the housing industry is being blamed for a shortage of equine shavings that has resulted in sharp price increases and changes in the methods some owners use to manage their horses.
"The cost of shavings has increased by 70% in... Read More
January 06, 2008
Santa Anita officials canceled racing for Jan. 5 after Southern California was hit with the first of a series of rainstorms the previous evening. The Cushion Track synthetic surface, installed at Santa Anita this past summer to replace its main dir... Read More
January 03, 2008
Knee deep in controversy over drainage problems with Santa Anita's new synthetic racetrack and heavy rainfall expected this week, the company that installed the surface has acknowledged that the issue remains unresolved.
In a Jan. 2 press... Read More
January 01, 2008
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a multidrug-resistant bacterium that has received ample attention in the press lately. Much concern has been expressed because of the tremendous increase in human infections, including... Read More
December 30, 2007
Surveillance for and the investigation of suspected foreign animal diseases is a high priority for state and federal animal health regulatory officials, because the movement of animals and animal products, including semen and embryos, in... Read More
December 28, 2007
Epidemics of equine influenza in Japan and Australia during the summer of 2007 have raised questions regarding the failure of quarantine and influenza vaccination to control the spread of disease.
Expanding and increasingly mobile equine... Read More
December 27, 2007
Amid growing concern over drug-resistant superbugs and nonhealing wounds that endanger diabetes patients, nature's original antibiotic--honey--is making a comeback.
More than 4,000 years after Egyptians began applying honey to wounds, Derma... Read More
December 24, 2007
At the American Association of Equine Practitioner's Blue-Ribbon Panel Research Meeting in Ft. Collins, Colo., Ellen Singer, DVM, DVSc, Dipl. ACVS and ECVS, MRCVS (epidemiology), of the University of Liverpool, discussed identifying risk factors... Read More
December 19, 2007
Rain has further delayed renovation of the Cushion Track at Santa Anita Park.
Horses were unable to use the main track Dec. 19, when track officials had hoped to finish the project to address drainage problems with the surface. They had hoped... Read More
December 15, 2007
Perhaps no other sport is as bound to tradition as racing Thoroughbreds. From the sheer length of its history, to the grand old venues in which it takes place, to the top-hatted and red-suited bugler calling the horses to post, racing loves its... Read More
December 06, 2007
Synthetic racing surfaces were given a resounding vote of confidence from racetrack executives and track superintendents Dec. 6, at the University of Arizona's Symposium on Racing and Gaming.
The panel, moderated by Churchill Downs racing... Read More
December 01, 2007
Investigate which bedding choice is safe, healthful, and cost-effective for your operation.
Stalls have traditionally been bedded with materials that provide cushion and... Read More