Recent News for Healthy Farm Management

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Disease Prevention: Fluid Spill Cleanup Methods Crucial

January 03, 2007

Blood and body fluid spills present challenges to the equine practitioner when dealing with contagious animals. While contaminated surfaces should be cleaned and disinfected as soon as possible, the methods used should be deliberate. The recent... Read More

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Bay Meadows Might Defer Synthetic Track Decision

December 30, 2006

Bay Meadows Race Course, long rumored to be facing demolition in favor of redevelopment plans approved by the city of San Mateo, might seek an exemption from a California Horse Racing Board mandate to replace its existing dirt track with an... Read More

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Monday's Florida EHV-1 Status Report

December 26, 2006

The following edited release is from the Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services' Division of Animal Industry.

Equine Herpesvirus-1 Status Report--Florida
Revised December 25, 2006, at 12:30 pm

Nine... Read More

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City Fights To Preserve Equine Identity

December 23, 2006

Tucked in a region of galloping suburban growth is a town where the sidewalks are horse trails and there's a ride-through McDonald's.

Locals hunker down at the Saddle Sore Saloon. New commercial development must be western themed. The... Read More

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New Horse-Friendly Highway Bridges Span British Roads

December 19, 2006

Britain's Highways Agency is today celebrating the completion of two new bridleway bridges over the M3 in Windlesham and Chobham in Surrey, after they were installed overnight on Dec. 8 and 9.

With a higher headroom clearance than the... Read More

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Florida Equine Neurologic Outbreak: Tip of the Iceberg?

December 15, 2006

The source of the current outbreak of neurologic illness in Wellington, Fla., has been traced back to a shipment of 15 horses imported from Europe the last week of November. The horses were housed together at a quarantine facility in New York.... Read More

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Gator TH 6x4 Diesel

December 14, 2006

The newest addition to the John Deere Traditional Series Utility Vehicle offering, the John Deere Gator TH 6x4 Diesel delivers exceptional work performance in a very stable, turf-friendly 6x4 configuration.... Read More

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Arlington Park to Install State-of-the-Art Racing Surface for 2007 Season

December 07, 2006

Arlington Park announced today that it will begin construction immediately to replace its conventional dirt track with a new state-of-the-art, synthetic racing surface to enhance athlete safety in advance of the 2007 race meet, which begins on... Read More

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Synthetic Surfaces: Spanning the Globe

December 03, 2006

It's difficult to get away from talk of synthetic surfaces, whether it concerns racing in North America, Asia, Europe, or Dubai.

At this year's Breeders' Cup at Churchill Downs Nov. 4, a prominent European horseman said surfaces such as... Read More

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Colorado State Veterinary Teaching Hospital Implements Precautionary Suspension of Elective Equine Admissions

November 08, 2006

Effective Oct. 31, elective equine admissions at the James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital at Colorado State University were temporarily suspended as a precautionary measure to control risks related to equine herpesvirus-1... Read More

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Breeders' Cup Injuries Turn Focus Back to Artificial Surfaces

November 07, 2006

For the second time in six months, tragedy struck one of Thoroughbred racing's showcase events. The arrival of a new racing surface, however, could usher in an era of safer American tracks.

Pine Island was fatally injured and Fleet Indian... Read More

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Keeneland's Polytrack Popular With Breeders' Cup Hopefuls on Saturday

October 28, 2006

Racing may have been winding down on Saturday, Oct. 28, the final day of Keeneland's fall meet in Lexington, Ky., but top stakes contenders were taking advantage of the opportunity to get in one last work over Polytrack before the Breeders' Cup... Read More

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New Jersey Imposes Quarantine on More Than 1,000 Monmouth Park Horses

October 27, 2006

The New Jersey Department of Agriculture issued a quarantine Oct. 26 on more than 1,000 horses at Monmouth Park in the wake of positive test results on at least one horse for the neuropathogenic strain of the equine herpes virus.

At least... Read More

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Different Origin of Insect Hypersensitivity in Icelandics?

October 23, 2006

Insect bite hypersensitivity might have a different origin in Icelandic horses than in horses of other breeds.... Read More

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Churchill Readies Breeders' Cup Quarantine Facilities

October 22, 2006

Churchill Downs is putting the finishing touches on quarantine and isolation facilities that will house foreign participants set to compete in the 23rd... Read More

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To Stall, or Not to Stall?

October 14, 2006

Stalling--is it the best way to house your horse, a necessary evil, or something that should be avoided? As it turns out, there is no answer that will apply to all horses. Stalling is a common practice that has been used in the horse industry fo... Read More

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Polytrack Debuts at Keeneland

October 06, 2006

As Keeneland officials noted with a laugh, it couldn't have been better scripted. But sometimes in horse racing, things have a funny way of coming together despite numerous factors. And on Friday, opening day at the Lexington racetrack, they did... Read More

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Autumn Pests

October 01, 2006

Someone told me cows attract bot flies. Is this true?... Read More

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Internal Insights

October 01, 2006

Veterinary internal medicine is a growing specialty that boasts nearly 400 large animal internal medicine specialists, many of them focusing on horses. In a time when humans seek out experts in varying medical fields, it's only logical that we seek... Read More

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Kentucky Governor Urges Horse Owners to Prepare for Emergencies

September 25, 2006

In a joint statement issued today (Sept. 25), Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher and the directors of the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security and the Kentucky Horse Park stated, "Kentucky and horses are innately, inseparably connected to one... Read More

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A Step Ahead

September 16, 2006

You've heard the names: Cushion Track, Polytrack, Tapeta, StaLok. They are the trademark names of the major players in racing's latest frontier: the new North American market to replace dirt tracks with synthetic ones.

Pardon the pun, but o... Read More

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Testing for Insect Hypersensitivity

September 14, 2006

Allergy testing is done in many species, including horses and humans. Unfortunately, testing to determine a horse is hypersensitive to insect bites is difficult. This disease (insect hypersensitivity) occurs seasonally, in horses of all ages and bree... Read More

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Biosecurity and Salmonella

September 14, 2006

He mentioned a study that revealed 85% of horses on one farm were shedding Salmonella, and he said many farm managers are realizing these infections aren't just a hospital problem anymore.... Read More

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Woodbine Debuts New Polytrack Surface

August 31, 2006

Demi Song bounced his way into Canadian Thoroughbred record books at Woodbine Aug. 30 when the gelding won the first race over the track's new Polytrack surface.

Woodbine is only the second track in North America to hold a race meeting o... Read More

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Rave Reviews for Woodbine's Polytrack Unveiling

August 27, 2006

Woodbine Racetrack unveiled its state-of-the-art Polytrack racing surface for training today (Aug. 27).

Hundreds of horses galloped, jogged, or walked while 84 recorded timed workouts ranging from two furlongs to seven furlongs during th... Read More