Recent News for Healthy Farm Management

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Track Superintendents Say Don't Diss Dirt

June 04, 2008

On the second day of the Track Superintendent Field Day at Keeneland June 3, the focus was turned toward dirt tracks, as a panel of six superintendents from across the nation talked about various methods used on the surfaces.

Jerry Porcelli... Read More

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Track Superintendents Talk Synthetics

June 03, 2008

With track safety being one area of the racing industry under scrutiny, the seventh annual Track Superintendent Field Day conference at Keeneland June 2-3 seemed an especially timely opportunity for questions to be answered by synthetic-track... Read More

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Biosecurity on the Farm

June 01, 2008

Disease can come home with you in exposed horses, on your equipment, and even on your skin and clothing. Here’s how to avoid these scenarios and keep your horses healthy.

Reducing the risk and frequency of contagious... Read More

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Farm Equipment for Large and Small Facilities

June 01, 2008

From tried and true to novel and exciting, these are the products, services, and techniques that our experts are recommending to facilitate equine management.... Read More

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Indiana Horse Owners Warned of Infectious Anemia Risk

May 29, 2008

Horse owners and veterinarians are being asked to watch their animals closely for any unusual clinical signs, in light of a cluster of recent positive cases of equine infectious anemia (EIA).

According to Tim Bartlett, DVM, director of... Read More

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Suit Filed Against Santa Anita Footing Supplier

May 29, 2008

The operator of Santa Anita Park has filed a federal lawsuit against the original supplier of its troubled synthetic racing surface, claiming it has suffered at least $8.4 million in damages from improper installation and repair.

The Los... Read More

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Santa Anita to Conduct Flood Test on New Track Surface

May 25, 2008

A two-day flooding of Santa Anita Park's synthetic surface is one of the final tests management plans before making a decision on the future of the main-track surface. Track president Ron Charles said the surface will be flooded following... Read More

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Caterpillars and Creepy Crawlies: Readers Respond

May 24, 2008

Nearly 450 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "Do you do anything to keep pregnant mares away from caterpillars on your farm?"... Read More

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Pacers Take to Polytrack for Road Test

May 21, 2008

Harness racing at Keeneland? Yes, there was, but it's not what you might think.

Two exhibition races for Standardbred pacers were held at the Lexington racetrack the afternoon of May 21 to give the principals in a racetrack under... Read More

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Readers Respond: That Ticks Me Off!

May 19, 2008

More than 1,700 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "Do you have problems with ticks on your horse(s)?"

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Groom Carefully as Tick Season Fires Up

May 12, 2008

Everyone wants their horses to be healthy. Ticks are carriers of Lyme disease, for which there is no currently licensed equine vaccine available. Pay careful attention to your horses and monitor them for ticks. Lyme disease can also occur in humans, ... Read More

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MRLS: Caterpillar Population Up Sharply from 2007

May 09, 2008

Experts with the University of Kentucky (UK) report that Eastern tent caterpillars are now wandering in the area, and population levels are among the highest they've seen since the 2001, when mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) hit Central... Read More

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Natural Fly Management

May 01, 2008

Control flies around your barn with tiny wasps that reduce fly populations, but don't sting horses or humans

Controlling the flies around you and your horses is very important, not just because of the irritating bites, but... Read More

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Sleep Over Safely

May 01, 2008

Tips for before, during, and after your trip to help your horses be safe, comfortable, and healthy.

When traveling with horses, it's important to make sure they stay safe and healthy during their trip, and they don't bring... Read More

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Eradicating Pasture Erosion

May 01, 2008

Fixing pre-existing pasture erosion will probably entail a visit by a county extension agent or a pasture management consultant. Options would be to reduce the number of horses, lime and fertilize, or, in cases of major deterioration, to start over.... Read More

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Equine Summit Tackles Competitive Horse Health Care

April 29, 2008

The Well-being of the Competitive Horse was one of three major industry issues addressed during the Kentucky International Equine Summit.

Today's summit agenda was comprised of panel discussions entitled:

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Racetrack Turf Expertise Brought to Hong Kong Cross Country Course

April 28, 2008

The Olympic cross-country course at Beas River in Hong Kong has met all parameters for quality of the turf, the shock-absorbency of the footing, and its drainage ability. The turf has been declared ready for the cross-country portion of the eventin... Read More

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Canadian Groups to Hold Biosecurity and Risk Management of Horse Farms Seminar

April 19, 2008

Learn how to protect your horse by managing health and reducing risks on your farm. Equine Guelph and the Ontario Veterinary College's (OVC) teaching hospital are co-sponsoring a seminar on Tuesday, April 22, covering biosecurity and risk... Read More

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EHV: Murray State Barns Remain Quarantined, No Clinical Signs Reported

April 15, 2008

As of April 14, a horse that had shown clinical signs consistent with equine herpesvirus myeloencephalitis while stabled at Murray State University in Murray, Ky., remains in guarded condition at a referral hospital in Lexington. Samples... Read More

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Equine Herpesvirus Outbreak: WCVM Resumes Clinical Services

April 14, 2008

Based on the results of diagnostic tests, the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) at the University of Saskatchewan has resumed all regular clinical services for equine patients at its Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

The decision,... Read More

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MRLS: Tent Caterpillars Hatch in Central Kentucky

April 11, 2008

Experts have reported that Eastern tent caterpillars are developing normally this spring and have just completed the egg hatch stage. Controlling the caterpillars is vital to area horse farms, as University of Kentucky research has strongly linked... Read More

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Welfare and Safety Summit Racehorse Injury Numbers Revised

April 10, 2008

The catastrophic injury rates presented by Mary Scollay, DVM, at the March 17  Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit have been revised after a thorough review.... Read More

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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