Tobacco Money to Help Offset Foal Loss Syndrome Study Cost

The board dispensing Kentucky's portion of tobacco settlement money has approved a $56,400 grant to cover half of the cost of an investigation into the Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome that negatively impacted the horse breeding industry last spring.

According to the Associated Press, the exhaustive epidemiological investigation will involve a team of equine epidemiologists, biostatisticians, and toxicologists working with the Kentucky Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center and the Kentucky Equine Practitioners Association.

The tobacco settlement funds were dispensed by the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board. The other half of the study's cost will be funded by the Grayson-Jockey Club Foundation.