Recent News for Healthy Farm Management

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Eastern Tent Caterpillars Still Targeted in Kentucky

June 01, 2004

The forsythia were blooming at the end of March, and in Kentucky, that means that Eastern tent caterpillars (ETC) were hatching. In 2001 and 2002, those caterpillars crawled across many farms in Central Kentucky and left in their path what was... Read More

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Cicadas are Coming--But Shouldn't Affect Horses

June 01, 2004

After a 17-year absence from Kentucky, one of the largest-known broods of periodical cicadas will emerge this spring, but it doesn't appear that the cicadas' arrival should cause any harm to horses. Periodical cicadas--having black bodies, brigh... Read More

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Buyer Beware: Some Pesticides Might Be Duds

June 01, 2004

In the spring and early summer each year, vendors might appear in your area, selling ineffective chemicals at seemingly cut-rate prices. Rule of thumb: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture... Read More

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Maryland Horse Farm Quarantined as Veterinarians Investigate Cause of Equine Illness

May 26, 2004

A private Maryland horse farm has been under a voluntary quarantine since March 25 while veterinarians investigate the cause of illness in 12 horses, four of which have been humanely euthanized. Veterinarians are testing for several diseases,... Read More

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Salmonella In Central Kentucky

May 25, 2004

On May 8, a Central Kentucky equine hospital sent out letters to area clients, farm managers, and veterinarians notifying them that an increased number of salmonella cases had been detected at the clinic this year, and explaining the methods... Read More

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EU Places Restrictions on Horses from the United States

May 25, 2004

The American Horse Council has learned that all horses being exported from the United States to the European Union (EU) now require a negative (1:12) virus neutralization test for vesicular stomatitis (VS). The test samples must be taken within... Read More

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Vesicular Stomatitis Detected in Texas; Kentucky Bans Livestock

May 24, 2004

Vesicular stomatitis (VS), a disease with international implications for animal movement because symptoms mimic those of foot and mouth disease, was confirmed May 19 in western Texas. In response to that announcement, Kentucky Department of... Read More

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WNV Satellite Conference: Remain Wary of Disease

May 04, 2004

The years 2002 and 2003 have been the years of the horse, as far as West Nile virus (WNV) is concerned, said Robert Restifo, MS, Public Health Entomologist Administrator and chief of Ohio's Vector-borne Disease Program, at the third annual West... Read More

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Chickens, Ducks, and Horses

May 01, 2004

Q: My horse is on a neighbor's land that is on loan. I pick up the pasture and run-in twice a day. My concern is that my neighbor bought over 100 different species of chickens and ducks that run free. They are constantly in my... Read More

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Georgia Herd Hit by Strangles

April 21, 2004

According to an April 16 AccessNorthGa.com report cited on ProMED, a herd of about 115 horses in western Georgia has been quarantined because of a strangles outbreak at the farm. "Under an order by Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin dated 1... Read More

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Equitrol Lawsuit

April 07, 2004

A jury has returned a verdict of $1,007,500 to plaintiffs alleging in a lawsuit that Farnam's product Equitrol, a feed-through fly control product, was defectively designed and caused harm to their horses; Farnam has countered with a press... Read More

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Mosquitos and Disease: Halt the Assault

April 01, 2004

WNV isn't the only threat posed by the common mosquito. All forms of arboviral encephalitis (arthropod-borne neurologic disease)--some of which, like WNV, can afflict both horses and humans--are mosquito-borne, as are malaria, dengue fever... Read More

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Pest Control: The Death Squad

April 01, 2004

When it comes to pest control products, the safest choices lie with EPA-approved chemical formulations developed for horse use, such as DEET, pyrethrins/pyrethroids, and organophosphates, or the EPA GRAS ("generally regarded as safe") ... Read More

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Foreign Animal Disease Investigations

March 30, 2004

"Veterinary practitioners are the cornerstone of foreign animal disease (FAD) surveillance in the United States," said Eileen Ostlund, DVM, PhD, head of the equine and ovine viruses section at the Diagnostic Virology Laboratory, National... Read More

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WNV: Treatment and Prevention

March 18, 2004

"West Nile virus (WNV) is the number one diagnosed neurologic disease in horses, or close to it," said William Saville, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, of The Ohio State University, at a March 10 Fort Dodge Animal Health educational seminar for... Read More

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How Safe is Your Barn?

February 01, 2004

Barns can be elaborate statements about our love for our animals and our economic status. In terms of equine health and safety, the best solution is one that works, not necessarily the most impressive or expensive one. Often, spending more money... Read More

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USDA Instituting New Blood Test for Equine Piroplasmosis

January 19, 2004

Effective Feb. 1, 2004, the USDA will institute a new blood test for determining the equine piroplasmosis status of horses upon entry into the United States.

The competitive enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (CELISA) is more sensitive... Read More

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Great Britain Revises Codes on Infectious Diseases

December 11, 2003

Britain's Horserace Betting Levy Board has extensively changed its codes of practice regarding the infectious diseases contagious equine metritis (CEM), equine herpesvirus (EHV), and equine viral arteritis (EVA), which can severely disrupt... Read More

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Organophosphate-Free Feed-Through Fly Control

November 25, 2003

On Nov. 24, Triad Specialty Products announced pending approval of a new feed-through fly control product. Serene Feed-Through Fly Control, which was designed for reducing fly populations in and around equine facilities, is in the final stages o... Read More

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Oregon Equine Herpesvirus-1 Outbreak

September 19, 2003

In the last month, 16 of the 19 horses at Brookhill Stables in Goble, Ore., and two horses from a nearby private farm, have showed respiratory and/or neurologic signs consistent with equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1), although not all have been... Read More

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Purchase, Design, and Management of the Farm

August 20, 2003

So you want to have your own horse farm. Should you build or buy? Hire a real estate agent or go out looking on your own? What about once you've acquired a facility--how do you manage the soil, fencing, employees, security, and manure? Four... Read More

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The Tapeworm Life Cycle

August 20, 2003

The most significant single difference between the tapeworm and most other parasite life cycles is that the tapeworm life cycle involves an intermediate host--the forage (or oribatid) mite. This mite is highly prevalent in equine environments,... Read More

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Cleaning Water Buckets

July 01, 2003

Q: I'm concerned about keeping our horse's water buckets clean. In summer and winter (heated buckets) there is always scum on the inside. So far, I have spritzed them every day with a weak bleach solution followed by a spritz of... Read More

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Keeping Disease at Bay

June 01, 2003

Preventing communicable diseases from striking horses should be the goal of every horse owner. Despite our best efforts, however, there are going to be occasions when a communicable malady afflicts one or more horses at a private farm or public... Read More

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Pesticide Applicators Must Be Licensed

May 19, 2003

To keep consumers safe, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture works to make sure that all persons who apply pesticides to someone else’s property are properly licensed.

All commercial pesticide applicators must be licensed through the... Read More