University of Kentucky's College of Agriculture

University of Kentucky Pasture Evaluation Program Enjoys Continued Success

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...

Equine Abortion of Unknown Cause

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...

Online Budget Tools for Horse Owners Offered by UK College of Agriculture

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.

Diagnosing Disorders of Sexual Development in Horses: Male or Female?

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...

University of Kentucky Researcher wins Prestigious Award; Will be Honored by President Obama

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...

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