Recent News for Healthy Farm Management

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Fire Ants and Horses

April 08, 2008

Fire ants deliver a simultaneous bite and sting that are very painful and give them their infamous name. The threat of fire ants to healthy, ambulatory adult animals is fairly minimal. However, fire ants can be a significant threat to recumbent... Read More

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International Equine Disease Report Fourth Quarter 2007

April 06, 2008

The International Collating Centre, Newmarket, England, and other sources reported the following disease outbreaks:

A clinically severe outbreak of atypical myoglobinuria/myopathy (AM) was diagnosed among eight non-Thoroughbred horse... Read More

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Aqueduct Cancels Races to Protect Surface

April 05, 2008

Due to heavy overnight rains continuing into April 4, the New York Racing Association canceled live racing at Aqueduct yesterday in an effort to preserve the racing surface for today's Wood Memorial program.

Aqueduct remained open... Read More

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New Zealand Tests Imports for Equine Flu

April 04, 2008

New Zealand biosecurity officials are retesting samples taken from horses imported directly from the United States to the Karaka quarantine facility due to conflicting test results that indicate the presence of equine influenza, the... Read More

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Readers Respond: Racehorse Awareness

April 04, 2008

More than 1,400 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "What do you think is the most pressing issue facing the welfare and safety of racehorses?"

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Australia Equine Flu Inquiry Wraps Up

April 03, 2008

Leaders of an inquiry into Australia's billion-dollar equine influenza outbreak finished taking evidence Thursday after five months and testimony from 200 witnesses.

Former High Court judge Ian Callinan, who will issue his report by April 25,... Read More

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EPM Prevention

April 01, 2008

How can you keep your horses safe from EPM?

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

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Canadian Vet School Recommends Precautions to Prevent Spread of EHV-1

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

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Racehorse Welfare and Safety Summit Concludes

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

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West Virginia Track Barn Quarantined

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

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Soiled Bedding Serves as a Vehicle for Drug Contamination

March 08, 2008

Researchers found that soiled bedding appears to be a principle vehicle for contamination.... Read More

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Santa Anita to Replace Racing Surface

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

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Morris, Ransehousen Roast to Benefit Equestrian Aid Foundation

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

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Q&A on Santa Anita Footing Fix

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

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Pro-Ride Touts Liquid Binder to Fix Track Surface Drainage Program

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

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Santa Anita to Close for Footing Fix

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

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Olympic Horse Manure Management Going Green in Hong Kong

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

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Santa Anita Trying New Synthetic Material to Fix Drainage Woes

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

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Face Flies Linked to Sarcoid Spread?

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

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Cost of Wood Shavings Increasing as Housing Market Falls

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

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Rain Shuts Down Santa Anita Racing

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

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Santa Anita Track Drainage Dilemma Not Over

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

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Drug-Resistant Bugs

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

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Investigating Foreign Animal Diseases

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

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Commentary: Equine Quarantine Increasingly Important

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