Keyword: Florida Department of Agriculture

  • Calder Barn Quarantine Lifted

    The Florida Department of Agriculture on March 23 lifted a quarantine on a Calder Race Course barn that had been the stable for a horse that died March 22.

  • Horse owner-breeder Earle I. Mack

    Expanded Florida Sales Rules Published

    The most recent version of rules governing horse sales in Florida were published for public comment May 9. The regulations are being touted as a successful compromise by some of those involved in the process.

  • Horse owner/breeder Earle I. Mack

    Agreement Worked Out on Florida Sales

    Principal parties in a debate over rules governing horse sales in Florida announced April 22 that they had drafted joint recommendations to be delivered to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

  • Earle I. Mack

    Mack Backs TOC Call for Reform

    Earle I. Mack, who led the push for pending auction reform legislation in Florida, has come out in support of a strong policy statement recently released by the Thoroughbred Owners of California regarding horse sales.

  • EHV-1 Quarantine Forces Seven Scratches at Calder

    Calder Racecourse's Grand Slam III card will be short seven scratched entries as a result of a Dec. 29 decision by Florida state officials to keep the equine herpesvirus (EHV-1) quarantine in place at Payson Park Training Center.

  • Horse vans, like this truck bearing a Florida license plate, have been busy moving horses out of Kentucky.

    Florida Officials Tracking Requests for Horse Shipments; Van Companies Busy

    Officials with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services' Division of Animal Industry, reported early Thursday afternoon that in 2 1/2 days they have received applications for 71 permits for horse shipments from Kentucky to Florida. In the wake of the recent foal/fetal loss outbreak in Kentucky, the state of Florida enacted temporary regulations requiring all horses from the Bluegrass State be tracked through the issuance of a permit from the state's Commissioner of Agriculture.

  • Florida is the only state so far to impose restrictions on mares from Kentucky.

    Florida Issues Permit Process Guidelines on Horses Travelling From Kentucky

    In the wake of the outbreak of late-term fetal/foal deaths and near-term abortions in mares in Central Kentucky, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has issued guidelines for the equine industry on horses from Kentucky entering Florida. The guidelines require a permit to be obtained prior to shipment by veterinarians who issue Official Certificates of Veterinary Inspection. It also recommends to Florida farms that mares from Kentucky be kept isolated from other horses and their health be closely monitored. There has been no ban issued on shipment of horses from Kentucky to Florida.