"We went from spring to summer with a freeze in between, and that is good for fungus growth," explained Byars. "The opportunity for fungus proliferation is extremely high, and the concentration of the toxins in the dried-out grass could contribute to the problem."Byars said current recommendations are to treat every foaling mare as a high-risk foaling situation. Veterinarians are administering domperidone and taking other steps to counteract some of the symptoms associated with the foaling problems.He also suggested mowing pastures in spite of the drought conditions that currently exist in the region. "Many people stopped mowing when conditions got dry," said Byars. "I am suggesting mowing although the damage may already be done."The statistics of losses are beyond what I've ever recognized in my 18 years in Kentucky," Byars added. "A few mares have normal foals. When I went to one farm (May 6) and checked one late-gestation mare, she was okay and so was the fetus. But that farm lost two foals that morning to stillbirths."Byars stressed that the symptoms associated with these two syndromes do not point toward an infectious/contagious disease. Rather, it looks more like an environmental cause. He also said there hasn't been widespread use of any new product to which these losses can be attributed."We need some rain, and we're getting some now," said Byars. "If the cause is mycotoxins in the grass, that will be hard to show and will require a lot of agronomy, diagnostics, and other specialists working together."Text of UK Veterinary Science Department Memorandum on Late Term Abortions and Early Fetal Deaths
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