Local leaders in various areas of the equine industry will examine how the horse influenced their personal leadership development and career paths during a public panel discussion April 17 in the University of Kentucky Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory auditorium.
The University of Kentucky (UK) initiated its Horse Pasture Evaluation Program in 2005, which has since grown along with its number of participants. Sponsored by UK Ag Equine Programs, the program was started as a way to develop stronger ties with Kentucky’s equine industry.
Wind Publications released the fourth edition of “World Rules for Equine Drug Testing and Therapeutic Medication Regulation” on Feb. 14 and has sold more than 100 copies. Thomas Tobin, MVB, MSc, PhD, MRCVS, DABT, professor at the University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Research Center; Kimberly Brewer, DVM, a private practitioner; and Kent Stirlin...
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The 2012 University of Kentucky's Department of Veterinary Science Equine Diagnostic and Research Seminar series kicked off Jan. 26 with a presentation by the UK Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory's (UKVDL) Cynthia Gaskill, DVM, PhD, and Laura Kennedy, DVM, Dipl. ACVP, on "Case studies in equine toxicology."
Equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) infections are common in horses throughout the world and cause significant economic losses to the equine industry through respiratory disease, abortion, neonatal death, and myeloencephalopathy (the neurologic form).
With gardening season upon us, many people also are starting to think about landscaping their homes and farms. Often, landscape plant choices are based on aesthetics and hardiness. However, with horses in the mix, plant toxicity is perhaps a more important aspect to consider. Even if owners plant trees, shrubs, and flowers well out of pastured or stalled ...
As rain continues across the state, insects might find their way into people's waterlogged backyards, homes, and landscapes.
The University of Kentucky Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (UKVDL) recently announced the availability of a new antibiotic susceptibility method (Broth Microdilution Method), which provides reproducible test results with minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) levels. UKVDL is committed to providing the very best microbiology services to its clients.
The steady flow of wet weather in April has caused many farm managers to worry about nitrogen losses in their fields, especially in fields where nitrogen was applied prior to the rains. Fortunately, nitrogen losses might not be as bad as many producers expect, said Lloyd Murdock, PhD, extension soils specialist with the University of Kentucky College of A...
Heavy rains throughout April and early May have caused excessive runoff and erosion of fields and paths. Ponding water, heavy runoff, and saturated fields can reveal how water flows on a particular piece of land--valuable information that illustrates how water systems and drainage actually work, field-by-field. This evidence can help owners take the neces...
The recent spread of a neurologic form of equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1), believed to have originated at a cutting horse show in Ogden, Utah, held April 29 to May 8, and subsequent outbreaks of the disease across the western United States and Canada highlight the importance of equine infectious disease research.
Are you aware of the potential accidents that could happen if you're not well-versed in the safety rules of riding? You can now test your knowledge before getting back on a horse by taking the simple 12-question Safety Quiz available on the Saddle Up Safely website.
Controlling poison hemlock growth in early spring could help keep pastures and livestock healthy, according to J.D. Green, PhD, extension weeds specialist with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture.
Common name: Chicory Scientific name: Cichorium intybus L.
Experts report that Eastern tent caterpillar eggs have begun hatching in Central Kentucky, just as leaf buds are swelling on wild cherry trees. While it is too early to tell what 2011 caterpillar numbers will be, populations have been increasing gradually over the past several years. Controlling Eastern tent caterpillars is vital to area breeding far...
The University of Kentucky (UK) Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center and Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL) is reporting an increase in the number of cases of fetuses and placentas submitted to the laboratory and diagnosed with nocardioform placentitis.
You might know the feeling when you lift your foot to take a step across your horse's paddock and suddenly realize that your boot has been left behind and your soaked foot is half a step away from it in ankle-deep mud. Mud is a problem anywhere water meets bare soil. And during the last few years Kentucky horse farms have had their share of mud.
The University of Kentucky initiated its Pasture Evaluation Program in 2005, which has since grown along with its number of participants. Sponsored by the UK Equine Initiative, the program began in response to the Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome epidemic that swept through Central Kentucky in 2001. The program has maintained several farms as regular clien...
The Morris Animal Foundation (MAF) announced Feb. 2 that it would fund $10,800 for researchers at the University of Kentucky's Gluck Equine Research Center to conduct a genome-wide association study of horses for susceptibility to equine arteritis virus (EAV).
The UK Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, formerly the Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center, is offering a new test for the disease-causing bacteria of equine strangles, Streptococcus equi subspecies equi, that differentiates between vaccine-related and wild-type infections.
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The University of Kentucky's College of Agriculture has several equine-related pages on Facebook with the latest news and events information. Stay up-to-date with the latest happenings by following their activity on these pages:
Common name: Eastern Poison Ivy Scientific name: Toxicodendron radicans (L.) Kuntze (Rupr.) Herder
This year the University of Kentucky's Animal Genetics Testing & Research Laboratory (AGTRL) will celebrate 25 years of offering a variety of genetic testing services to horse owners and breed registries.
On a warm spring night everyone in the barn is eagerly awaiting a new foal's arrival. The wait is rewarded with the birth of a big, strong, and beautiful colt. During the next 12 months the foal thrives. The owners dream of having a future champion until one morning the farm manager notices the colt's gait is abnormal, and he looks somewhat incoor...
The University of Kentucky (UK) College of Agriculture partnered with the University of Minnesota to present the 2nd Annual Kentucky Breeders' Short Course held Jan. 21 and 22 in Lexington. The first day of the course was designed for veterinarians, and the second day was for horse owners. Both included a half-day session on equine metabolic syndrome ...
Two years ago, Colorado State University (CSU) created a lecture series titled the "Ed Squires Lecture in Equine Reproduction" in honor of Ed Squires, MS, PhD, Dipl. ACT (hon.), executive director of the University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Research Foundation and director of advancement and industry relations.
The gastrointestinal (GI) tract of the normal adult horse contains a complex community of microorganisms. Most of these microbes are located in the large intestine, where they assist in food digestion (especially fiber) and synthesize compounds (such as some vitamins) that are important to the horse's health. Most of the helpful microbes in the gut of...
Pregnancy loss is relatively common in horses. Only 80% of mares bred give birth to a live foal at term. The loss of the developing foal (fetus) during gestation can fall under one of two categories: early embryonic loss, in which the loss of a fetus occurs in the early stages of pregnancy (generally less than 40 days of gestation); and abortion--a loss l...
Budgets might seem tedious and onerous to some, but they can also aid in decision-making related to starting a new business, operating an existing business more efficiently, or planning for tax purposes. In addition, for those who have horses but do not necessarily operate a business, budgets can help provide an objective estimate of horse ownership costs.
Common name: Bush (Amur) honeysuckle Scientific name: Lonicera maackii (Rupr.) Herder
Kentucky is in the throes of an early season arctic blast that could cause problems for livestock operations.
The University of Kentucky Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL), formerly the Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center, recently announced a change in the type of samples required to perform a test for Neorickettsia risticii, the causative organism for Potomac horse fever.
The Kentucky Equine Networking Association (KENA), a newly formed equine networking and educational group for equine professionals involved in pleasure and performance horse breeds, held its second meeting Nov. 16 in Lexington, Ky.
Due to dry conditions, many horse owners and livestock producers across Kentucky and surrounding areas are already into their winter feeding programs, with some beginning as early as September. Horse owners need to inventory their hay supplies now to ensure they have enough to last through the winter.
For many years horse owners and veterinarians thought the nutrient needs of pregnant mares increased only at the end of gestation. But new research shows that pregnant mares' nutrient needs increase as early as the fifth month of gestation.
Fertility issues in the horse can stem from multiple causes. One cause in mares is due to a disorder of sexual development (DSD) whereby the sex chromosome complement (genotype, or genetic code) is abnormal and does not agree with the external appearance of the horse (phenotype, or observable characteristics). One common DSD observed in horses occurs when...
The first case of West Nile virus (WNV) in an equine in Kentucky this year was reported on Aug. 20. The diagnostic testing was conducted by the University of Kentucky's Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, formerly the Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center.
Common name: Tall ironweed Scientific name: Vernonia gigantea (Walt.) Trel.
Eastern tent caterpillars are numerous on our small Central Kentucky farm this year. They have defoliated the spring leaf growth on most of the wild black cherry trees and are now crawling around in great numbers on board fences, stone walls, and most points in between.
Experts report Eastern tent caterpillars are hatching in Central Kentucky in increasing numbers.
With the early onset of warm temperatures this spring, stored grain operators need to closely monitor their inventories to stay ahead of any problems that might result in a loss of grain quality. Any sudden changes in temperature and moisture levels in the bin could be a sign of mold or insect activity, said agricultural engineers with the University of K...
David McNear, PhD, assistant professor of rhizosphere science in the University of Kentucky's (UK) Plant and Soil Sciences Department, was recently awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) for his research on endophyte-infected tall fescue and how it impacts soil microbial communities, chemical properties, and nutr...
Through a new program for veterinarians interested in a PhD called the Pfizer Animal Health-Morris Animal Foundation (MAF) Veterinary Fellowship for Advanced Study, Allen Page, DVM, will receive a substantial four-year stipend to complete his PhD at the University of Kentucky's Gluck Equine Research Center.
The recipients of the fellowships are pract...
Botulism is a deadly disease caused by the toxins produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. The botulinum toxin is a potent neurotoxin that impairs nerve function, including those of the diaphragm, leading to paralysis. When the nerves to the diaphragm are paralyzed, the affected animal stops breathing and will die as a result.
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