Recent News for Healthy Farm Management


Honey Making a Comeback as Antibiotic Choice in Human Medicine

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


Risk Factors for Catastrophic Fractures

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


Weather Complicates Santa Anita Footing Switch

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


Synthetic Surfaces: Special Report

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


Racing Symposium Panel Participants Approve of Synthetic Surfaces

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


Bedding Choices

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


Santa Anita Closing Main Track to Examine Drainage Issue

November 28, 2007

Santa Anita Park, currently open for training only, will close its main track Dec. 3-10 to examine its new Cushion Track surface due to problems with drainage.

The move comes just a month before the start of the Santa Anita winter/spring... Read More


Australia Flu Inquiry: Groom Says Officials Not Concerned by Sick Horse

November 26, 2007

The outbreak of equine influenza in Australia came about from an apparent lack of concern about horses with elevated temperatures and poor record keeping, according to a groom who worked at the Eastern Creek quarantine facility. The cost of the... Read More


Quarantine Protocol Under Fire in Australian Flu Inquiry

November 18, 2007

Three months after Australia's first-ever outbreak of equine influenza, an independent inquiry into the history and management of the outbreak is uncovering troubling flaws in the government's quarantine procedures, according to Read More


Australian Authorities Begin Influenza Inquiry

November 14, 2007

The independent inquiry into the Australian outbreak of equine influenza is underway. Judge Ian Callinan, former Justice of the High Court of Australia, is heading up the probe.

James Gilkerson, BVSc, BSc(Vet) Hons, PhD, president of Equine... Read More


California's Golden Gate Fields Unveils Synthetic Racing Surface

November 09, 2007

Northern California horsemen are hoping that Tapeta Footings will put the bounce back in their racing circuit.

To unanimous endorsement by those on hand Nov. 7, Magna Entertainment's Golden Gate Fields unveiled its new $10-million synthetic... Read More


Strangles Management and Prevention

November 01, 2007

New strategies for management and prevention.

It is not uncommon for strangles infections to recur on a farm, and until recent years there have been misconceptions about how this... Read More


Good Hygiene Blocks Horse-Human MRSA Transmission

November 01, 2007

Equine veterinarians and public health officials are urging horse owners and others who come in frequent contact with horses to wash their hands and clean grooming tools after each use in order to reduce the risk of contracting an... Read More


Wildfires: Dealing With Smoke Inhalation

October 31, 2007

Learn what health problems smoke and ash from wildfires can cause for horses.... Read More


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


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


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


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


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


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


Wound TLC

October 01, 2007

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


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


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


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


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