Recent News for Mare Care and Problems

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Daily MRLS Information Updates Cease

May 31, 2001

As of May 25, we will be discontinuing the posting of daily reports from the UK Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center (LDDC). Both field reports from equine practitioners and submissions to the LDDC, indicate a sharp decline in number of MRLS... Read More

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May 25 MRLS Update

May 31, 2001

Following is from the University of Kentucky's College of Agriculture as of Friday, May 25, at 5 p.m. More information can be found on their web site at Read More

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Researchers Zero In on Cyanide as Cause of Foal Loss Syndrome

May 25, 2001

Researchers at the University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Center have made significant progress in their quest to find the cause of the Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome.

According to reports presented Thursday during an informational forum at... Read More

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Central Kentucky Pastures Deemed 'Safe' For Mares

May 25, 2001

Dr. David Powell of the Gluck Equine Research Center said at the Keeneland informational meeting on the evening of May 24 that he is "confident at this stage that the incidence of problems has dropped significantly." Therefore, he offered the... Read More

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Questions and Answers From May 24 Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome Meeting

May 25, 2001

Following are some of the questions and answers from the informational meeting Thursday about Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome.

Q: A veterinarian from Minnesota asked if there were alterations in immune functions in mares... Read More

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Latest Twist in Foal Loss Syndrome: Mycotoxins Out, Cyanide In

May 25, 2001

No longer does the mysterious Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome appear to be the result of incredibly high mycotoxin levels in pasture grasses; now the most likely cause appears to be cyanide brought onto pastures from wild black cherry trees, carrie... Read More

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Study Shows Nearly 30% Foal Loss On Four Major Farms

May 25, 2001

A reproductive study examining the breeding records of four Central Kentucky Thoroughbred farms reveals that nearly 30% of mares bred between early February and early May 2001 who were declared at one time to be in foal, lost those foals.

Dr... Read More

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Facts About Black Cherry Trees and Tent Caterpillars

May 25, 2001

The good news is if the Eastern tent caterpillars were responsible in some way for this spring's outbreak of foal loss, that they are gone now, cocooned and growing into the next generation of moths. The bad news is that next year, they could be... Read More

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Keeneland Considering Heart-Scanning Program For Sale Yearlings

May 25, 2001

Keeneland is exploring ways to deal with sale horses whose health might have been compromised by pericarditis and other problems linked to mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS). One possibility is a pre-sale heart-scanning program for yearlings.... Read More

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Jockey Club Issues Call for 2001 Live Foal/No Foal Reports

May 25, 2001

The Jockey Club is asking breeders to submit their 2001 Live Foal/No Foal Reports as soon as possible after the birth of the foal or when it is determined that a mare will not produce a live foal this year. The request is coming on the heels of the... Read More

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May 23 Update: Additional Evidence Ruling Out Mycotoxins

May 25, 2001

The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture on May 23 posted the following information on its web site at http://www.uky.edu/Agriculture/VetScience/mrls/briefings.htm... Read More

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Foal Loss Update; Field Report From Walmac Farm

May 25, 2001

Kentucky Disease Diagnostic Center Fetal/Foal Loss Update: 5/23/01As of noon May 23, the Kentucky Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center had received three additional aborted/stillborn equine fetuses/foals (one early-term and two late-term) for... Read More

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Mother Nature's Toxic Spill: An Analysis of Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome

May 24, 2001

A good mystery has many clues, some more obvious than others, and some more misleading. Researchers are scientific detectives, trying to piece together observations and facts that lead to a conclusion. But, while some cases are concluded with all... Read More

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Second Industry Meeting Set on Fetal Loss Syndrome

May 24, 2001

At Monday's daily briefing from the University of Kentucky, it was announced that the scientific investigating team, with the Kentucky Association of Equine Practitioners and the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers Club, will hold an information... Read More

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Fetal Loss Syndrome Count to 528

May 24, 2001

As of noon May 21, the Kentucky Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center had received 12 additional aborted/stillborn equine fetuses/foals (one early-term and 11 late-term) for diagnostic testing/evaluation. The total received since April 28, 2001, is... Read More

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Many Kentucky Mares Now Holding Pregnancies at Normal Rate; Impact Seen at 21% of Crop

May 24, 2001

An informal survey of Central Kentucky farms on May 21 suggests the worst may be over as far as mare reproductive loss syndrome is concerned. While heavy losses already have been incurred, particularly involving maiden and barren mares bred in... Read More

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Researchers Shift Attention to Eastern Tent Caterpillar

May 24, 2001

Discussions of results obtained to date by several scientists and consultants working on the investigation into the cause of Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome (MRLS) have caused the investigation to shift to a more thorough examination of the... Read More

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Senators Will Seek Legislation to Provide Low-Interest Loans For Horse Farmers

May 24, 2001

Kentucky lawmakers will ask their colleagues to help horse farmers in the wake of a mysterious illness that has killed foals and caused fetuses to abort, according to an Associated Press report. 

The U.S. Department of... Read More

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Foal Loss Syndrome Update: Count Exceeds 500

May 24, 2001

The third week of May in Central Kentucky was marked by cautious optimism, with the slowing of early fetal and late-term gestation loss, growing frustration among industry professionals, and much-needed rain.

While there are unofficial... Read More

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Southern States' Triple Crown Feeds Contain Mycotoxin Binders

May 24, 2001

Southern States has included the patented mycotoxin binder MTB100 in its line of Triple Crown horse feeds since February of 2000, according to Bill Vandergrift, PhD, owner of Equivision nutrition company and a consulting nutritionist... Read More

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Ohio Needs Samples; Cost for Testing Reduced

May 24, 2001

Veterinarians in Ohio are continuing to try to make sense of why an increased number of abortions, stillbirths, and red bag deliveries are occurring in the Ohio River Valley. Ohio counties that are seeing problems similar to the Kentucky syndromes... Read More

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Where to Find the Mycotoxin Binder

May 24, 2001

Lexington, Ky., feed companies are busy filling orders for bags and buckets of mycotoxin binder from horse owners in 15 states throughout the East Coast.

Feeding the binder, which is an additive derived from yeast, has been recommended by... Read More

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European Federation of Thoroughbred Breeders Suggests Holding US Horses; No Ban

May 24, 2001

Charles Frank, the veterinary advisor to the United Kingdom Thoroughbred Breeders Association, said that in a meeting earlier this week of the European Federation of Thoroughbred Breeders that a statement was made to advise members not to re-import... Read More

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Florida Tracking Kentucky Hay

May 24, 2001

On Wednesday, May 16, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture was assured by the Florida State Veterinarian that there was no ban on the entry of Kentucky-grown hay into the state of Florida. Today, May 18, Allen Johnson, Administrative Branch... Read More

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More of the Same, With Something New

May 24, 2001

Dr. Doug Byars, head of the medicine unit at Hagyard-Davidson-McGee in Lexington, Ky., said his clinic alone has seen about 40 cases of pericarditis (fluid in the sac around the heart) in the past two weeks.

A week ago, Byars reported a... Read More