Recent News for Breeding and Reproduction

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Bluegrass Equine Reproduction Symposium: Stallions

October 30, 2002

A four-day seminar focusing on reproduction education for veterinarians was hosted by Hagyard-Davidson-McGee veterinary firm in Lexington, Ky., Oct. 23-26 This is the fifth year for a fall seminar hosted by the group, which now alternates with a... Read More

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Fall Abortions in Kentucky

October 28, 2002

Pathologists at the Kentucky Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center (LDDC) in Lexington noticed that a few more fetal losses were being seen than was usual during August, September, and October. That prompted increased surveillance and reporting,... Read More

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Effects of Airport Radiation on Shipped Semen

October 25, 2002

As airports across the country and around the world continue to tighten security, there is a growing concern among some researchers that increased irradiation levels for screening luggage and shipped parcels have the potential for damaging... Read More

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The Gray Gene

October 23, 2002

British scientists have identified the distinctive gene that gives about 3% of the Thoroughbred population the gray coat color, and they plan to continue studying the genetics in hopes of learning why grays are more prone to developing melanomas... Read More

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Foundation Study Investigates Means to Avoid Caterpillar Contamination on Farms

October 18, 2002

The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation announced today that it is funding a study to be undertaken by Prof. Daniel A. Potter, a renowned entomologist at the University of Kentucky, to facilitate the extermination of Eastern Tent Caterpillar... Read More

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Purina Veterinary Conference 2002

October 16, 2002

Only 20 miles from downtown St. Louis, Mo., is a 1,200-acre research farm owned by the nutrition company Purina Mills. On Oct. 3-5, 140-plus veterinarians and another 50 Purina Mills representatives gathered to tour that research facility and... Read More

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American Quarter Horse Association Board of Directors to Consider Eligibility of Cremellos and Amendment of "White Rule"

October 16, 2002

Cremellos or perlinos, which are horses that exhibit light or pink skin over the body, white or cream-colored hair, and blue eyes, might be eligible for registration in the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA). Last week, the AQHA Stud Book... Read More

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Meeting Planned to Discuss MRLS in 2003

October 16, 2002

There will be a meeting to discuss the past and future of mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at the Embassy Suites on Newtown Pike in Lexington, Ky. The Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers Club has opened its meeting to... Read More

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Arabian Registry To Require DNA Testing

October 11, 2002

DNA testing replaces blood typing as the Arabian Horse Registry of America's required tool for verification.... Read More

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EVA Confirmed In Kentucky

October 11, 2002

An outbreak of equine viral arteritis (EVA) was confirmed on one Thoroughbred farm on March 20.... Read More

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USDA Funds Genome Project

October 11, 2002

The horse genome effort received a major boost in April 1998 when the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) approved renewal of an initiative of the National Animal Genome Project which, for the first time, includes support for... Read More

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Clostridium in Mares and Foals

October 01, 2002

Newborn foals are especially susceptible to gastrointestinal diseases such as clostridial enterocolitis, which is characterized by abdominal pain, diarrhea, toxemia, shock, or death without prior signs. While this disease occurs only... Read More

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Finding a Suitable Cooled Semen Facility

October 01, 2002

Q: I'm considering using shipped cooled semen for my mare. I want to find a reliable farm/facility to take the shipment and breed her. How do I find a qualified facility? What questions do I need to ask about quality? ... Read More

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Sexually Transmitted Diseases

October 01, 2002

You're preparing your mare for the upcoming breeding season. The stud owner insists on a bacterial culture of your mare's uterus prior to live breeding to reduce the chances of her passing any sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) she might have... Read More

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MRLS Workshop

October 01, 2002

Since the devastating disease process known as mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) appeared on the scene in 2001 (and reappeared in 2002), concerted efforts have been focused on understanding and controlling the problem. Economic losses to th... Read More

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Numbers Fall For Keeneland November Sale; MRLS Blamed

September 26, 2002

Keeneland will catalog 3,597 lots for the November breeding stock sale in Lexington, Ky. The number is down by 12.6% from last year's figure of 4,119. Tom Thornbury, Keeneland's associate director of sales, identified the effects of mare... Read More

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Origins of the Horse

September 18, 2002

It was previously thought that modern horses were descended from a limited number of wild herds and were selectively bred, leading to the diversity in breeds that we have now. However, new DNA evidence suggests that horses have a more diverse... Read More

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New CSU Semen Facility Meets International Standards

September 11, 2002

The new stallion barn at Colorado State University’s Equine Reproduction Laboratory, specifically designed to meet the requirements for exporting semen internationally, is now complete and prepared to handle client requests around the... Read More

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Equine Herpes Outbreak in Australia

September 03, 2002

A mare (or mares) imported from North America to Victoria, Australia, is believed to be at the center of the latest outbreak of equine herpes virus (EHV-1), or equine rhinopneumonitis virus, in Australia. 

As the Australian... Read More

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Foal Loss Possible in Caterpillar Areas

September 01, 2002

Four interesting facts were brought to light because of the late-term abortion and Eastern tent caterpillar (ETC) study that was recently completed at the University of Kentucky, according to Thomas Tobin, MVB, MSc, PhD, MRCVS, Dipl. ABT, of the... Read More

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Australian Shuttlers Released From Quarantine

August 30, 2002

In the wake of a positive West Nile Virus (WNV) test on a Canadian Standardbred horse, almost 50 Thoroughbred shuttle stallions were released from Australia's major quarantine station outside Sydney on the morning of Aug. 30.

The decisio... Read More

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Researchers Lay Groundwork for Future MRLS Studies

August 30, 2002

The scientific community wrapped up a two-day workshop at the University of Kentucky's Gluck Equine Research Center Aug. 28 with a thorough review of research into mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS). They put forth some ideas on how to... Read More

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UK Announces New Forage-Animal Program to Solve Farm Problems & Enhance Profitability

August 14, 2002

Through a unique collaboration with the USDA's Agricultural Research Service (ARS), the University of Kentucky is launching an innovative new forage-animal research initiative. The program will discover new technologies to enhance the health and... Read More

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Mare Milking Early

August 01, 2002

I have a Paso Fino mare whose due date is three months away and her milk bag is full, hot, and dripping very white milk. She has been waxed over for about a week now, but thankfully she seems to be in no distress. I can find no one with this... Read More

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Separating Mare and Foal for Work

August 01, 2002

A young breeder asked me if she could take a mare from her foal for one hour every day. That young breeder would like to ride the mare; therefore she'll leave the foal in the box. I am not a fan of that. I told her that it would be a... Read More