Recent News for Healthy Farm Management

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Flies Be Gone

July 03, 2008

The size of a football, each trap catches up to 20,000 flies. The easy-to-use device is disposable and requires no maintenance. Each unit comes complete with a protein-based natural fly food called Ultra Biomass.... Read More

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CDC Study: Equine Practitioner Hygiene Could Use Improvement

July 02, 2008

In a multi-institutional study coordinated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), researchers found that many veterinarians do not consistently engage in behaviors or practices that are widely deemed protective against the... Read More

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Commentary: Diagnostic Laboratories a Key Component of Equine Health

July 02, 2008

This issue of The Quarterly contains several articles on diseases of horses that run the gamut of conditions.... Read More

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Olympic Horse Venues Show Focus on Comfort, Safety, Environment

July 01, 2008

As the equestrian events of the 2008 Olympic Games draw ever-closer, it is time to take a look at the venues and facilities provided by the Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC) which will ensure that the jumping, dressage, and eventing horses and riders... Read More

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The Eco-Friendly Farm

July 01, 2008

Go green with your farm to make your horses healthier and the environment cleaner.... Read More

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New South Wales to Deactivate Equine Flu Outbreak Precautions

June 25, 2008

Precautionary measures retained in New South Wales (NSW) since the eradication of equine influenza was confirmed in February will end at midnight on June 30.

From July 1 an official Traveling Horse Statement will not be required before... Read More

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CEM Rule Amended for Entertainment Horses

June 25, 2008

The USDA has amended its import rules to allow noncompetitive entertainment horses to be temporarily brought into the U.S. from countries affected with contagious equine metritis (CEM), a venereal disease of horses. The final rule, titled... Read More

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Horse Sense Leads to New Recycling Initiative

June 14, 2008

Southeastern Michigan is the state's most populous region--for humans and for horses. According to a recent survey, Oakland has more horses than any other county--it is home to 6,900 of the state’s 155,000 equines.

As more people and more... Read More

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Strangles Reported at Florida Standardbred Track

June 08, 2008

One case of strangles was confirmed June 4 in the stable area at Pompano Park Harness Track in Pompano Beach, Fla. Live harness racing will continue as scheduled at the facility.

Track management, in working with animal health officials fro... Read More

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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: