Recent News for Healthy Farm Management

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Fly Protection Uncovered

September 17, 2001

These days, we have quite an arsenal at our disposal to attack and repel flies. From electric bug zappers, to pheromone traps, to parasitic wasps that feed on fly pupae, we've explored all sorts of ways and means of getting rid of flying insects.... Read More

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Secrets Of Rubber Mats

September 13, 2001

Where would we be without rubber? Make all the jokes you want; rubber's indispensable stuff, especially in the barn. The tire on your wheelbarrow, the handle grip on your longe whip, your two-year-old's first snaffle bit, that flexible curry... Read More

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Common Barn Injuries

September 13, 2001

Two of the saddest words in the English language. After an accident, we tear ourselves apart thinking how we could have prevented it. If only I had seen...If only I had done...Yet, as horse people, we are surrounded by thousands of pounds of... Read More

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Permeable Stall Flooring, Some Options

September 12, 2001

Permeable stall floor coverings function differently than rubber stall mats, whose main purpose is to provide cushioning for your horse's legs. Rubber is basically waterproof, so urine and other liquids pool on top of such a surface, to be soaked up ... Read More

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Down In The Dumps--Equine Waste Management

September 12, 2001

One of the by-products of horse ownership is dealing with equine by-products, less delicately known as horse manure. The average horse produces about 50 pounds of fecal waste a day. Mix in soiled, wet bedding... Read More

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Mosquito Control Measures

August 31, 2001

West Nile virus (WNV) is spreading. Horse owners are asking, "What can I do to protect my horses?" Thegood news is that a vaccine for horses has been developed and approved by the USDA. Experts say the WNV vaccine should work like other... Read More

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Insects and Parasites: Fighting Fall Foes

August 01, 2001

However, some horse-troubling insects and parasites become more active during late summer and fall. Unchecked, they can be an annoyance, stress a horse's energy reserves during the winter months, or cause illness or death. It is up to you to protect ... Read More

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Australian Racehorse Imports From the UK To Resume

July 13, 2001

Racehorses from the United Kingdom will be allowed to travel on direct flights to Australia for race meetings (such as the Melbourne Cup) following detailed inspections of pre-export quarantine facilities by senior veterinary officer ... Read More

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Farm Disinfection

July 01, 2001

Salmonella, Rhodococcus equi, strangles, rotavirus, and multiple other contagious disease outbreaks...these are the bane of horse owners, farm managers, and trainers. One strangles outbreak can wreck a show season, cause... Read More

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Update On Foot and Mouth Recommendations

June 22, 2001

Release from Great Britain’s Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Food (MAFF)

5 June 2001

Advice for horse owners during the foot and mouth outbreak

Though horses are not susceptible to infection by... Read More

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Georgia Quarantines 41 horses, Tests 50 More For Equine Infectious Anemia

June 22, 2001

Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin said on June 15 that 41 horses are quarantined at 10 different North Georgia locations due to exposure to equine infectious anemia (EIA).

"We have tested these 41 quarantined in the... Read More

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Buying or Building a Farm

June 01, 2001

Buying or building a horse farm can be a challenging venture where dreams might or might not become reality, and where budgets dictate compromise. The buyer needs to consider what is more advantageous: To build on empty land, or to buy a... Read More

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Sole Bruise Lameness

June 01, 2001

This morning when I went to the barn, my Quarter Horse gelding was lame, to the point where he did not want to bear any weight on his left hind foot. My barn manager thinks it might be a sole bruise. What is a sole bruise? What should I do?... Read More

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Australia Lifts European Ban, Restricts Import

May 18, 2001

Biosecurity Australia announced yesterday (May 17) that the March 14 ban on horses from foot and mouth disease (FMD)-affected countries has been lifted. Strict quarantine and disinfection measures have been enacted to maintain Australia’s... Read More

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Wildlife Disease: Contagious Critters

May 01, 2001

Diseases from other animals pose a constant threat to our horses. Disease-causing agents, or pathogens, lurk in local wildlife, fly overhead in birds, and lay in the next field inside cows peacefully chewing their cuds. These disease agents--whether ... Read More

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Parasite in Horses: A Primer

May 01, 2001

Even at low concentrations, internal parasites have a less than ideal impact on your horse's health and well-being. Parasites steal nutrients from their host and can leave him undernourished and anemic. They can produce open sores and intense itching... Read More

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Disinfecting For Strangles

May 01, 2001

I have a pony on a farm where strangles has broken out. There are about 80 horses on this farm on about 100 acres (split into different pastures). We don't know where the infection started, but horses which show signs are being treated. What... Read More

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USDA Proposes To Exempt Iceland From Horse Testing Regulations

April 27, 2001

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced April 17 that it is proposing to exempt horses from Iceland from testing for dourine, glanders, equine piroplasmosis, and equine infectious anemia during the quarantine period... Read More

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The New List of Precautionary Measures

April 06, 2001

The United States Department of Agriculture has responded to the foot and mouth disease threat by taking more precautionary measures in the importation of horses from foot and mouth disease-affected countries.... Read More

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FMD: Recommended List Of Disinfectants

April 06, 2001

From the United States Department of Agriculture (http://www.usda.gov):

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Certification of Disinfections for Tack Trunks/Containers

April 06, 2001

Certification of Disinfection for Tack Trunks/Containers

Identification of Tack Trunk/Container... Read More

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Biosecurity At Colorado State University's Open House

April 06, 2001

Biosecurity procedures to reduce the risk of the spread of foot and mouth disease will be implemented throughout this weekend's Veterinary Teaching Hospital Open House event at Colorado State University.

Dr. Paul... Read More

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Club Foot Concerns

April 01, 2001

Club feet might be one of the most common growth problems in young horses. Affecting youngsters primarily between birth and 6 months of age, the club foot actually is a flexural deformity of the distal interphalangeal joint (coffin joint) caused... Read More

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Hair Loss in Horses

April 01, 2001

Tracking down the reason for skin disorders often becomes an exercise in sleuthing. One important element to consider is whether or not your horse is itching and rubbing out the hair, or if the hair is simply missing because of a disease or immune pr... Read More

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Which Bedding is Best?

January 01, 2001

Every horseperson has his or her preference when it comes to stall bedding. Some like the smell of sweet cedar shavings, some the traditional look of a deep straw bed, others the absorbency and softness of peat moss. But which bedding really is bes... Read More