Recent News for Healthy Farm Management

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Spiders: Insect Invaders

July 01, 2005

Spider venom's prime function is to paralyze insect prey so the spider can dine on them.... Read More

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Dung Beetles

July 01, 2005

Dung beetles are amazing insects that spend their lives mucking out your pastures. The adults use liquid contents for nourishment, and they lay eggs in small manure balls (brood balls) they bury in the ground. In the process, they serve as... Read More

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Strangles Risk and Treatment

July 01, 2005

Strangles is hardly a new disease, having been recognized as a contagious bacterial problem in horses for centuries. Yet it still remains a troublesome and persistent issue, and it is identified worldwide. Research has been directed toward... Read More

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Principles of Disease Prevention

June 28, 2005

Editor's Note: This is Chapter 1 of Understanding Equine Preventive Medicine by author and veterinarian Bradford G. Bentz, VMD. The book is available from Read More

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Methicillin-Resistant Staph Bacteria Passed From Humans to Horses

June 27, 2005

"What do animal diseases have to do with people?" posed Scott Weese, DVM, DVSc, Dipl. ACVIM, an associate professor at the University of Guelph's Ontario Veterinary College. "We are just one big global population with subsets," he answered. Wees... Read More

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MRSA Surveillance in Horses at a Veterinary Teaching Hospital

June 27, 2005

Screening for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) upon arrival to a veterinary hospital is useful for detecting cases of the "superbug" early so affected horses can be isolated, said Scott Weese, DVM, DVSc, Dipl. ACVIM, a... Read More

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Hold Order Lifted at Maryland Horse Facility

June 15, 2005

On Saturday, June 11, at 3:30 p.m. the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) lifted the "Animal Hold Order" at the Columbia, Md. horse facility that has been handling a neurologic equine herpesvirus situation since late March. The lifting of... Read More

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Triad Specialty Products Licenses Fly Control Product to Pfizer

June 01, 2005

Piedmont Pharmaceuticals' wholly owned company Triad Specialty Products announced on April 7 that it has licensed its equine feed-through fly control product to Pfizer Animal Health. Triad developed the product and received regulatory clearance... 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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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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Vesicular Stomatitis Detected in Arizona

May 03, 2005

Vesicular stomatitis (VS) has been detected in a horse on a premises in Maricopa County, Ariz. (Maricopa County is located in the south-central portion of the state and is home to Phoenix.) The owner of the 5-year-old gelding reported that the... Read More

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Salmonella in Horses

May 01, 2005

Salmonellosis affects humans, horses, most mammals, and birds. It can cause debilitating--and even deadly--diarrhea. Salmonella bacteria can affect both foals and adults, and they spread easily by horse-to-horse contact and by fomites... Read More

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Buckets of Muck

May 01, 2005

When food is ingested at one end of the horse, waste material will exit at the other end. That process will continue as long as the horse lives and will cause varying problems to the horse owner, depending on where he or she lives.

As urban... Read More

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One Additional Horse Shows Neurologic Signs in Maryland EHV-1 Situation

April 18, 2005

(edited press release)

During the week of April 11, one additional horse displayed acute neurologic signs consistent with the equine herpesvirus type-1 (EHV-1) disease situation at the Columbia Horse Center in Columbia, Md. The... Read More

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Additional Horse at Maryland Farm Shows Signs of EHV-1

April 08, 2005

(edited from press release)

Facility managers who are handling a neurologic equine herpesvirus type-1 (EHV-1) incident at a Columbia, Md. horse stable (Columbia Horse Center, CHC; read archived stories) reported April 7 that an... Read More

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Equine Herpesvirus Type-1 Confirmed in Maryland

April 06, 2005

The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) received confirmation yesterday (April 5) that equine herpesvirus type-1 (EHV-1) was the cause of equine illness at the Columbia Horse Center in Columbia, Md. The virus, which causes upper respiratory... Read More

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R. Equi Pneumonia Linked to Large Farms, Lots of Horses

March 31, 2005

Farms with large acreage and many mares and foals are more likely to have cases of R. equi foal pneumonia than smaller farms with fewer horses, according to a recently published Texas A&M University (TAMU) study. Additionally, farms... Read More

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Veterinarian Describes Maryland Disease Cases; Officials Rule Out Rabies

March 31, 2005

Three horses succumbed to neurologic illness and were euthanatized at the Columbia Horse Center (CHC) in Columbia, Md., last week, according to the animals' attending veterinarian. Two more horses at the facility developed signs of the... Read More

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California Strangles Outbreak; At Least 60 Horses Affected

March 30, 2005

A strangles outbreak has placed a boarding stable in northern Los Angeles County, Calif., under quarantine, and more than 60 horses at the farm remain under close observation. The outbreak of the highly contagious upper respiratory disease cause... Read More

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Strangles Report Shows Decline in Cases at Trackside

March 24, 2005

According to a second round of tests on quarantined horses, the number of confirmed cases of strangles has declined and there is no evidence that the disease has spread at Churchill Downs' Trackside Louisville training center in Louisville,... Read More

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Precautions Taken After Trackside Strangles Case

March 14, 2005

Churchill Downs is taking precautionary measures at its Trackside training facility in Louisville, Ky., after a Thoroughbred racehorse was diagnosed with strangles, a contagious bacterial disease.

Rumors began circulating the weekend of... Read More

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History of the Horse

March 03, 2005

There are many scientists who have studied and theorized about how man and horses came to be together.... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2004 Wrap-Up: Kester News Hour

March 03, 2005

Probably the best-attended session at the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Convention, the Kester News Hour features brief reports of new research that was too new or brief for inclusion in the scientific program. The... Read More

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EHV-1 Cases in Eastern Canada

February 25, 2005

Three Standardbred racehorses in Nova Scotia have been euthanatized due to the neurologic form of equine herpesvirus type-1, and at least one other horse was suspected to have the illness. Two of the horses that were euthanatized and the... Read More

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Strangles Guidelines Released to Public

February 24, 2005

The American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) recently released its consensus statement on guidelines for treatment, control, and prevention of strangles, which is caused by Streptococcus equi. The 12-page paper took abou... Read More