Recent News RSS

Article

Foal Losses: View From the Field

May 18, 2001

Actually, the view from the field in Central Kentucky was rather lonely this Thursday, May 10. There were acres and acres of fresh-mown--or being furiously mowed--pastures that are beginning to resemble putting greens. The... Read More

Article

Researchers Unite to Search for Cause of Crisis

May 18, 2001

Over and over the refrain has been heard for the past two weeks--the horse industry is lucky to have the equine expertise concentrated in Central Kentucky, especially during this time of all-out war against an unknown killer. Dr. Roger Murphy,... Read More

Article

State Veterinarians Keeping In Touch

May 18, 2001

On Tuesday, May 8, notices were sent to each state veterinarian "to make sure they got factual information" about the current foal loss problems, said Rusty Ford, Equine Programs Manager with the Kentucky State Veterinarian's Office.

For... Read More

Article

Diagnostic Lab Numbers Update

May 18, 2001

As of noon today (May 9), the University of Kentucky’s Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center stated that a total of 371 aborted/stillborn fetuses had been submitted for diagnostic testing/evaluation since April 28, 2001. That total includes 25... Read More

Article

Keeneland To Stream Meeting About Fetal Loss Live On Internet

May 18, 2001

Keeneland will offer live streaming on its Internet site of the informational meeting Thursday, May 10, organized by the Kentucky Farm Managers’ Club and the Kentucky Association of Equine Practitioners. The meeting will be held in Keeneland’s... Read More

Article

Feed Additive Might Help Protect Mares During Foal Loss Syndrome

May 18, 2001

Veterinary and diagnostic professionals in Kentucky are working feverishly to identify the cause of the recent abortion and early fetal loss syndromes. One of the most probable causes is mycotoxins in pastures. If that is the case,... Read More

Article

Maryland: No Reports of Foal Losses or Ban on Entry of Horses From Kentucky

May 18, 2001

There have been no reports in Maryland of the two syndromes that are affecting the breeding industry in Kentucky, and no plans at this time to ban horses from entering the state.

"There is no sign of a problem here in Maryland," said Tim... Read More

Article

Fetal/Foal Loss Syndrome Having Impact on Equine Insurance Business

May 18, 2001

The effects of the current crisis resulting from mares aborting or having late-term stillborn foals are being felt on the equine insurance business. According to insurance professionals, underwriters are not accepting any policies... Read More

Article

Parrish: 1980 Foal Loss Crisis Numbers 'Nothing Like This'

May 18, 2001

David Parrish III, DVM, was president of the Kentucky Association of Equine Practitioners in 1980 when a mystery problem occurred that caused abortions in mares during early pregnancy. While both involved abortions and were mysteries, the... Read More

Article

Mare Crisis: Recommendations From University of Florida on Shipping

May 18, 2001

A series of abortions has recently been reported in several farms in Central Kentucky. At this time, the cause of these abortions is not determined, but there is no evidence of infectious etiology. Based upon currently available... Read More

Article

Florida Issues Permit Process Guidelines on Horses Travelling From Kentucky

May 18, 2001

In the wake of the outbreak of late-term fetal/foal deaths and near-term abortions in mares in Central Kentucky, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has issued guidelines for the equine industry on horses from... Read More

Article

Estimate: Foal Losses Could Have $150 Million Impact on Kentucky Economy

May 18, 2001

With Kentucky's share of the Thoroughbred foal crop in the United States at an all-time high of nearly 30%, the repercussions of the excessive foal loss that many Central Kentucky farms are experiencing may be felt for years to come.... Read More

Article

Could Foal Loss Syndrome Be Slowing?

May 18, 2001

The highest number of foals/fetal samples taken to the Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center in Lexington, Ky., during the current problem with late-term abortions and early embryonic loss occurred on Derby Day, May 5, according to the Center's... Read More

Article

UK Equine Scientists Investigating Cause of Mystery Mare Disease

May 18, 2001

Equine scientists at the University of Kentucky are working with farm managers and horse industry leaders to rapidly diagnose and control a serious problem affecting the equine industry. An unusually high number of late-term abortions and early... Read More

Article

Foal Losses: Equine Industry Media Briefing

May 18, 2001

Thoroughbred industry leaders, veterinarians, researchers, and farm managers met with the media at the Gluck Equine Research Center in Lexington, Ky., for a press briefing on the current fetal/foal loss syndromes happening in the state. While... Read More

Article

Foal Loss Outbreak of 1980 Eventually Discounted as 'Artifact Epidemic'

May 18, 2001

An outbreak of early-term fetal loss in 1980 was eventually discounted by researchers as an "artifact epidemic" caused by earlier than usual examinations. Still, that outbreak now is viewed by many as similar in nature to the current syndrome... Read More

Article

2001 Breeding Season Crisis: Many Mares Losing Foals

May 18, 2001

Two "syndromes" of unknown origin that began in late April are causing Central Kentucky farms to lose an excessive number of foals and fetuses.

The first syndrome results in what broodmare owners know as "red bag," or premature placenta... Read More

Article

Veterinary FAQ on the 2001 Foal Loss Syndrome

May 18, 2001

With Doug Byars, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, Dipl. ACVECC, head of the Kentucky-based Hagyard-Davidson-McGee veterinary firm’s Medicine Unit in Lexington that includes neonatal intensive care. Of his comments, he said, “For all of these following... Read More

Article

Questionnaire Seeks Information About Foal Losses

May 18, 2001

The following questionnaire about fetal death and late-term abortions is being distributed by the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Manangers' Club to its members. The questionnaire, dated May 7, was prepared by the University of Kentucky's Department... Read More

Article

Epidemiologist Q&A on Excessive Foal Losses

May 18, 2001

Dr. David Powell, an epidemiologist at the University of Kentucky's Veterinary Science Department in the Gluck Equine Research Center, was interviewed Monday by The Blood-Horse about the unusually high number of early fetal... Read More

Article

University of Kentucky Diagnostic Lab Seeking Answers About Foal Loss

May 18, 2001

Lenn Harrison, VMD, Dipl. ACVP, director of the University of Kentucky's Livestock Disease Diagnostic Laboratory in Lexington, and his staff have been working long hours conducting necropsies and running tests in an attempt to find... Read More

Article

Kentucky Farm Managers, Vets to Meet About Foal Loss

May 18, 2001

The Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers' Club and the Kentucky Association of Equine Practitioners will hold a joint meeting Thursday (May 10) in the Keeneland sales pavilion near Lexington to discuss recent problems with early fetal... Read More

Article

Unexplained Losses in Ky. Foal Crops

May 18, 2001

Two "syndromes" that began near the end of the third week of April are causing Kentucky farms to lose an excessive number of foals and fetuses due to an as yet unknown cause. The first syndrome results in what mare owners know as "red bag," or... Read More

Article

UK Veterinary Science Department Memorandum

May 18, 2001

University of Kentucky
College of Agriculture
Veterinary Science Department

May 6, 2001
MEMORANDUM

To: Kentucky Equine Practitioners

From: Drs. Lenn Harrison, David Powell, and Roberta Dwyer
Re: Late term... Read More

Article

Kentucky Diagnostic Center Fetal/Foal Loss Update, 5/17

May 17, 2001

As of noon May 17, the Kentucky Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center had received nine additional aborted/stillborn equine fetuses/foals (four early-term and five late-term) for diagnostic testing/evaluation. The total received since April 28,... Read More