Recent News for Healthy Farm Management

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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

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Farnam Introduces Granular Larvacide for Mosquito Control

July 26, 2005

"The most important step any property owner can take to control mosquito populations is to remove all potential sources of stagnant water in which mosquitoes might breed," the USDA advises. Unfortunately, many necessary water sources cannot be... Read More

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Racetrack Compost Plan Underway

July 22, 2005

An anaerobic digester serving an Ohio racetrack and the city of Columbus will divert more than 125,000 tons of organic waste away from an area landfill. The composting operation will be built at Scioto Downs, says Read More

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Anthrax in North Dakota

July 15, 2005

Eleven premises in southeastern North Dakota have had confirmed cases of anthrax this year in bison, cattle, and horses as of July 14. It's not uncommon to find anthrax in the state annually, but Beth Carlson, DVM, deputy state veterinarian for... Read More

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Kentucky Officials Extend VS Embargo

July 13, 2005

According to a July 12 memo from Kentucky State Veterinarian Robert Stout, DVM, officials have extended Kentucky's vesicular stomatitis (VS) embargo to include Sandoval and Santa Fe Counties in New Mexico, and San Juan and Uintah Counties in... Read More

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Strangles Identified in Horse at Ellis Park

July 07, 2005

A 4-year-old filly stabled at Ellis Park in Henderson County, Kentucky, has been diagnosed with strangles. Rusty Ford, equine programs manager for the office of the state veterinarian, said the filly presented June 30 with an elevated body... Read More

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Disease Control at Racetracks and Horse Events

July 05, 2005

The following guidelines may be implemented at equine facilities to prevent diseases from affecting an event and/or in the face of a disease outbreak. Disease control will be initiated at one of three levels; the federal government deals with... Read More

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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