Horse Identification

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UK Microchip Exemption Sought for Semiferal Foals

January 16, 2009

Some equine advocates in the United Kingdom want the government to exempt semi-feral foals from proposed mandatory microchipping regulations until they leave public lands because compliance is too costly for the foals' owners.... Read More

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USDA Releases 2007 Animal Health Report

November 17, 2008

The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has released the "2007 U.S. Animal Health Report," which provides a national... Read More

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UK Authority Accepting Consults on Equine ID Program

November 11, 2008

The United Kingdom's Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has launched a consultation period to revise existing equine identification legislation. During this time, Read More

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Find Equine Evacuation Sites in Texas

September 11, 2008

The Texas Animal Health Commission is advising those evacuating for Hurricane Ike to call 2-1-1 for the latest information on available facilities open for emergency animal sheltering for livestock and pets.

"The 2-1-1 operators assist... Read More

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Coastal Horse Owners and Veterinarians Get Ready for Gustav

August 29, 2008

On the third anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, horse owners and veterinarians in the New Orleans area are fleeing ahead of Gustav, a storm the National Weather Service says is likely to become "a large, powerful hurricane as it approaches the... Read More

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Prepare Plans and Farms for Hurricane Season

August 20, 2008

With the hurricane season upon us, Louisiana State University (LSU) is reminding horse owners of steps they can take to ready themselves in advance for evacuation, as well as other recommended tasks related to hurricane preparedness.... Read More

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Lost Competitive Trail Horse Located by Luck

August 16, 2008

A 21-year-old chestnut Morgan mare was found after being missing for over 40 hours in the Blueridge Wildlife Management Area of the 65,000 Chattahoochee National Forest.

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Kester News Hour

August 15, 2008

A variety of topics were highlighted during the reinvented Kester News Hour at the 2007 AAEP Convention. ... Read More

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Weekend Search for Lost Horse Unsuccessful

July 14, 2008

Charlz, the 17-year-old Arabian horse that became separated from his rider on May 25, continued to elude searchers this weekend.

Eight mounted volunteers from a local stable combed the Freetown Massachusetts State Forest on Sunday.... Read More

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Fires: Emergency Planning For Your Horse

July 11, 2008

A wildfire occurs and you need to evacuate. In the smoke and confusion, a beloved horse refuses to load in the trailer. Now you're faced with making decisions. What's the best thing to do?
 
This is just one of many stressful... Read More

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Search Continues for Horse Lost in State Forest

July 11, 2008

This Sunday, volunteers will once again comb Massachusetts' Freetown State Forest in search of Charlz, a horse who was separated from his rider six weeks ago.

"We know he's out there because we've seen his tracks, and he's been spotted... Read More

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USDA Ordered to Release NAIS Data

July 09, 2008

Agricultural journalist Mary-Louise Zanoni has succeeded in keeping the USDA from applying Privacy Act safeguards to information it has collected from livestock owners as part of the Read More

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Sheryl Crow Urges Preservation of Wild Mustangs in Upcoming Documentary

July 04, 2008

Sheryl Crow is urging people to get involved in saving America's wild horses.

"I think it will be a real shame when we look back and we don't have these incredible species, and I guess my best hope would be that people, individuals, step... Read More

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Industry Debates Animal Identification System's Impact on Horses

June 14, 2008

Despite considerable opposition from groups who say the program is unworkable or an invasion of privacy, the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) is making inexorable inroads into the lives of horse owners.

Jim Morehead, DVM,... Read More

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European Union to Require Horse Passports, Microchips

June 10, 2008

According to a June 9 statement on the European Union (EU) Web site, all equidae will now... Read More

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Tracking Sold Horses: Lucky Rescue of Little Cliff

May 10, 2008

During a visit to a known direct-to-slaughter holding pen in New Holland, Pa., Christy Sheidy, co-founder of equine rescue Another Chance 4 Horses, purchased a bay gelding. Thanks to a tattoo on his lip, Sheidy was able to identify the... Read More

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European Union to Require Microchipping of Foals

March 10, 2008

Member states of the European Union have reached an agreement on a new regulation that will revise existing equine identification legislation. The main new requirement is the compulsory microchipping of foals born after July 1, 2009.

The... Read More

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You, Your Vet, and the National Animal Identification System

March 01, 2008

Recently, horse owners have been hearing a lot about animal identification and microchipping. As many already know, the USDA has, for the past four years, been developing and implementing the voluntary National Animal Identification System (NAIS) i... Read More

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Freeze Branding for Identification

March 01, 2008

Instead of burning the flesh, freeze branding uses intense cold to kill pigment-producing cells. ... Read More

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Number of Premises Registered for Animal Identification System Increasing

December 18, 2007

The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has recorded 429,600 premises registered nationwide--with substantial increases this year in the number of premises registered as part of the National Animal Identification System. This... Read More

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USDA Approves Injectable Transponder for Animal ID System

October 15, 2007

The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service announced Oct. 11 its approval of the first injectable transponder for use in animal identification. The device, manufactured by Digital Angel, carries an official animal identification numbe... Read More

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USDA Approves Destron Fearing RFID Chip for Equine Use in NAIS

August 31, 2007

The United States Department of Agriculture announced Aug. 31 that Destron Fearing's LifeChip equine radio-frequency identification (RFID) injectable transponder is approved for use as part of the National Animal Identification System... Read More

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Kansas State to Lead Cost-Benefit Analysis of NAIS

July 17, 2007

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service announced July 16 the selection of Kansas State University to lead a multi-institutional benefit-cost analysis of the National Animal Identification System (NAIS).... Read More

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Elective Surgeries on the Rise at Va. Tech Equine Medical Center

June 08, 2007

A greater number of owners are choosing to have elective surgeries, typically defined as non-emergency procedures, performed on their horses at Virginia Tech's Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center.

The center's five board certified... Read More

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Animal ID: FFA to Promote Premises Registration

June 04, 2007

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National FFA Organization announced June 4 a partnership for a broad-based education in the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) for current FFA members and alumni. The cooperative agreement... Read More