Recent News for Healthy Farm Management

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Pimlico Quarantine Lifted

February 08, 2006

The Maryland Jockey Club (MJC) lifted its self-imposed quarantine on Pimlico Race Course this morning (Feb. 8), allowing horses from the Baltimore track to compete at Laurel Park in Laurel, Md., for the first time since Jan. 21. Twelve... Read More

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Second Neurologic Horse Euthanatized on Maryland Farm

February 08, 2006

A competitive event horse that began showing neurologic signs of equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1) last Thursday (Feb. 2) was euthanatized on Sunday (Feb. 5) after a rapid decline in health. The mare is the second horse to be euthanatized on the... Read More

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Maryland Officials Distribute Biosecurity Information for Stable Operators

February 08, 2006

The Maryland Department of Agriculture released the following tips on avoiding transmission of illness.

Keep your stable disease-free:

  • Limit traffic of incoming people who could have been exposed to germs elsewhere.... Read More

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Bedding Shopping

February 01, 2006

There was a time when bedding for horse stalls received little attention or discussion, especially in the agricultural Midwest. When horses provided the power for planting and harvesting crops, almost every farm had a field of oats. The oat... Read More

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Second Laurel Park Horse Tests Positive For Equine Herpes

January 31, 2006

The Maryland Department of Agriculture confirmed today that a second horse, Hey Ralphy, a filly trained by Rodney Jenkins at Laurel Park, was infected with equine herpesvirus type-1 (EHV-1). The 3-year-old was euthanatized on Jan. 26 with a... Read More

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Herpesvirus Detected at Laurel Park

January 25, 2006

Equine herpesvirus has been confirmed in a horse stabled at Laurel Park in Laurel, Md., says an Associated Press story on www.bloodhorse.com (Read More

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Restrictions Lifted on Most Lead Ponies, Outrider Horses at Turfway Park

January 24, 2006

All but one of the workhorses quarantined at Turfway Park have been cleared to return to the track on Tuesday (Jan. 24) after testing negative for equine herpesvirus.

Robert Stout, DVM, Kentucky state veterinarian, rescinded the... Read More

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Trainers Worry Pimlico Quarantine is Too Late

January 23, 2006

The Maryland Jockey Club (MJC) has stepped up its fight against the equine herpesvirus type-1 (EHV-1) with a quarantine of the entire Pimlico Race Course stable area, but some trainers worry the move may have come too late.

"I don't know... Read More

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Herpesvirus Causes Maryland Jockey Club Quarantine of Pimlico Race Course

January 23, 2006

The Maryland Jockey Club (MJC) placed a quarantine on Pimlico Race Course effective after racing ended on Jan. 21 until further notice because of the neurologic equine herpesvirus type-1 (EHV-1) situation at the Baltimore track.

Since... Read More

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Turfway Park's Barn 26 Released from Quarantine

January 20, 2006

The 48 horses stabled in Barn 26 at Turfway Park in Boone County, Ky., were released Jan. 19 from quarantine. Horses in Barns 26 and 27 were quarantined following a Dec. 21, 2005, outbreak of equine herpesvirus type-1 (EHV-1) at the track,... Read More

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Cornell Researcher Answers More Questions on Herpesvirus

January 12, 2006

The Horse continues to discuss equine herpesvirus type-1 (EHV-1) with scientists who have been researching the disease. Klaus Osterrieder, DVM, DVM Habilitation (German equivalent to a PhD), is associate professor of virology in th... Read More

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Other States Act to Combat Spread of Virus

January 11, 2006

As surrounding states took steps to protect their racetracks from Maryland horses that could be carriers of the equine herpesvirus, Maryland Jockey Club racing secretary Georganne Hale was looking for positives anywhere she could find... Read More

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Neurologic Equine Herpesvirus Q&A

January 11, 2006

It isn't just our imagination--we have been hearing about more neurologic equine herpesvirus outbreaks in the past several years than we were aware of previously. The current outbreaks in Kentucky and Maryland bring the disease back to the... Read More

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Herpesvirus Still Circulating At Turfway Park

January 05, 2006

Results received yesterday (Jan. 4) showed that three additional horses were positive for equine herpesvirus and two were "suspect" for the virus at barns quarantined at Turfway Park in northern Kentucky, according to Rusty Ford of the Kentucky... Read More

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Re-Testing At Turfway Tonight

December 28, 2005

Horses in Barn 26 at Turfway Park will be re-tested this evening for evidence of equine herpesvirus to determine if any other horses are positive for the virus, said Rusty Ford of the Kentucky State Veterinarian's office. Results are expected... Read More

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Turfway Initiates Steps to Safeguard Against Spread of Equine Herpes

December 27, 2005

Barn 26, a 50-horse barn at Turfway Park, remains under quarantine after a 3-year-old filly who tested positive for the equine herpesvirus (EHV-1) was euthanized on Friday (Dec. 23). The Chuck Simon-trained filly, Coupe Aux Marrons, began... Read More

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Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome Research Findings

December 12, 2005

Research was presented on how to control Eastern Tent Caterpillars and mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS).... Read More

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New England States Report Cases of EEE

November 01, 2005

Four New England states have confirmed 15 cases of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) this year; none of the horses survived. This suggests that horse owners should take further measures to protect horses against this deadly disease, such as... Read More

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New Turfway Surface Well Received, But Test Comes This Winter

October 17, 2005

The Polytrack experiment at Turfway Park was deemed a success--especially for safety reasons--at the conclusion of the 22-day summer/fall meet, though the Northern Kentucky racetrack expects to get a more accurate picture of the synthetic surfac... Read More

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Vesicular Stomatitis Now in Five States

October 01, 2005

Montana and Wyoming have joined the list of states affected by vesicular stomatitis; cases were announced in mid-August in both states. They have 17 and 21 affected premises, respectively.

Utah tops the list of the states with the most... Read More

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Anthrax Flares Continue

October 01, 2005

Livestock anthrax cases are dispersed over Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and southern Manitoba, Canada. North Dakota is having a record year, with more than 300 cases since early July.

Minnesota has reported five anthrax... Read More

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Housing, Bedding, and Pasture (Book Excerpt)

September 21, 2005

Stabling, pasturing, bedding, and other aspects of a horse's living environment have major implications on the potential for health problems.... Read More

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Surface Switch

August 16, 2005

It is often said the key to real estate is "location, location, location." Well, listening to the speakers at the Aug. 8-9 conference of racetrack superintendents, it became clear the key to a good surface is "consistency, consistency,... Read More

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Practical Mosquito Control

August 09, 2005

In addition to vaccination, mosquito control is critical in protecting your horses against WNV. Here's quick review on controlling mosquito populations in your barn:

  • Eliminate areas of standing water through improved drainage, or... Read More

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Alternative Horse Bedding

August 01, 2005

Research has shown that Kenaf, a fairly new plant to North America that is a relative of cotton and okra, could be a viable product for horse bedding. Michael Yoder, MS, extension associate in the department of animal science at North Carolina... Read More