UK Ag Equine Programs at Equine Science Society Symposium

Eighteen members of the University of Kentucky Ag Equine Programs attended the Equine Science Society Symposium held May 28-31 in Mescalero, N.M.

Oral presentations by faculty members included:

  • Amanda Adams, PhD, an assistant research professor at the Gluck Center: Identifying the role of a “caloric restriction mimetic,” resveratrol, in treating equine metabolic syndrome and its implications for targeted therapy.
  • Bob Coleman, PhD, PAS, associate director for undergraduate education in equine science and management and extension horse specialist: A state-level study of Kentucky’s equine industry: the 2012 Kentucky Equine Survey.
  • Mary Rossano, PhD, associate professor in UK’s Department of Animal and Food Sciences: Comparison of demographic characteristics, animal science subject knowledge, academic performance, and critical thinking skills in students majoring in animal science and equine science.
  • Ed Squires, PhD, Dipl. ACT (hon.), executive director of the UK Gluck Equine Research Foundation: Effect of season and reproductive status on the incidence of equine dystocia.
  • Jill Stowe, PhD, director of UK Ag Equine Programs and associate professor in agricultural economics at UK: The non-market valuation survey: an innovative addition to the Kentucky Equine Survey.

Rossano, Squires, and Stowe also were panel presenters.

Eleven graduate students from the UK College of Agriculture gave oral presentations. Presenting from the Department of Animal and Food Sciences were:

  • Steffanie Burk, PhD candidate: Passive transfer of antibodies that recognize larval Parascaris equorum excretory-secretory antigens.
  • Ashley Fowler, MS candidate: The availability of dietary phosphorus to long yearlings and mature horses.
  • Taylor Hansen, MS candidate: Feed composition and animal factors affecting forage digestibility by horses, and Effect of early exposure to maternal docosahexaenoic acid on memory and cognition in weaned foals.
  • Brittany Harlow, PhD candidate: Effects of hops (Humulus lupulus L.) β-acid extract on inulin fermentation by equine fecal microflora in vitro.
  • Laurel Mastro, MS candidate: Pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction does not affect various measures of insulin sensitivity in old horses.
  • Laura Strasinger, MS candidate: Foal behavior during the early neonatal period, and The relationship of coprophagy to fecal microbial species richness in neonatal foals.
  • Sara Tanner, PhD candidate: Threonine supplementation does not increase protein synthesis in weanlings receiving a grass forage and commercial concentrate.
  • Catherine Whitehouse, MS candidate: Responses in fecal pH from low to high starch intakes in healthy horses.

Presenting from the Gluck Equine Research Center:

  • Julianne Kalmar, MS candidate: Factors impacting freezability of stallion sperm.
  • Melissa Siard, PhD candidate: Effects of polyphenolic bioactive compounds (pterostilbene, resveratrol, curcuminoids, quercetin, and hydroxypterostilbene) on pro-inflammatory cytokine production in vitro.

Poster presentations by graduate students included:

  • Mieke Brummer, PhD (already graduated): Interrelationships among selenium status, antioxidant capacity and oxidative stress in the horse.
  • Fowler: An in vitro method for determining phosphorus availability in horse feeds.
  • Harlow: Microbial species richness of equine fecal microflora in horses challenged with antibiotics.

Several students also received graduate student competition awards, which were sponsored by the North American Equine Ranching Information Council. In the production and management competition, Hansen took top honors while Strasinger placed second and Mastro placed third. In the nutrition competition, Siard placed third.

Also at the meeting, Harlow was elected by the graduate students to the Board of Directors as the graduate student representative. Coleman was appointed executive secretary of the Equine Science Society.

The symposium included 209 researchers, extension personnel, and industry representatives from the United States and nine other countries. There were six invited speakers, 107 oral presentations, and 44 poster presentations. Proceedings from the meeting were published in the May issue of the Journal of Equine Veterinary Science.

Held every two years, the next symposium will be hosted by the University of Florida in 2015.

Jenny Evans, an MFA candidate, is the Gluck Equine Research Foundation coordinator at the Gluck Center.

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