Kentucky's horse industry is proceeding with a plan to develop a computerized equine reproductive health monitoring system at the University of Kentucky's Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center (LDDC) after hearing and approving a proposal Monday from a Virginia-based epidemiologist.
Equine abortions were down in Kentucky for the first time this year based on the latest weekly report from the University of Kentucky's Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center (LDDC).
Evidence of West Nile virus (WNV) has been found in the tissues of a small number of aborted equine fetuses in Kentucky, according to a press release issued Monday by the Kentucky Association of Equine Practitioners.
Because of the proposed link of the Eastern tent caterpillar and Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome, the Grayson/Jockey Club Research Foundation and the University of Kentucky held an informational session Friday to discuss controlling and eradicating caterpillars.
The abortion rate in Central Kentucky is up significantly from a year ago. But scientists aren't sure why there has been an increase.
A discussion of work being performed to help eradicate Eastern tent caterpillars will be held at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky sales pavillion in Lexington, Ky. at 9 a.m. (ET) on Friday, Jan. 31.
Three days after rival Keeneland announced a one-year hiatus for its select yearling sale in July due to the effects of mare reproductive loss syndrome on the pool of early maturing foals of 2002, Fasig-Tipton Company said it was sticking to its traditional sale dates for Lexington in July and Saratoga Springs, N.Y., in August.
A University of Kentucky entomologist is hoping to soon discover the safest and most effective way to destroy the eastern tent caterpillars believed responsible for the outbreaks of mare reproductive loss syndrome experienced in Kentucky and neighboring states over the last two years.
The University of Kentucky's Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center reports a slight rise in the number of equine abortions compared to 2002 figures. The report comes less than a week after veterinarians and scientists met for a "Think Tank" meeting on mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS).
Citing the devastating effects of Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome (MRLS) on Kentucky's 2002 foal crop, Keeneland's July Selected Yearling Sale will take a one-year hiatus, Keeneland officials announced today.
Kentucky's leadership role in breeding excellence may be slipping and too many of the state's legislators fail to understand the importance of the state's Thoroughbred industry, how it works, and who it represents.
The 2002 pasture-monitoring program for mare reproductive loss syndrome produced key information about Kentucky's pastures, but tests will continue in 2003 as a definitive cause for the syndrome is sought.
Mid-gestation abortions have generated concern in Central Kentucky, but according to officials, the 50 fetuses received in the last five months by Kentucky's Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center in Lexington do not represent a significant increase over past years.
By Jenny Taylor -- The culprit for MRLS was an unseasonable weather-induced pasture change, which caused pregnant mares to have an acute nitrogen overload, and subsequent ammonia-induced abortions.
President Eric Hamelback gave a sense of urgency as he opened the most recent meeting of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers' Club, saying "we need to make plans for control now."
Researchers at the University of Kentucky Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center have uncovered one more piece in the puzzle that is known as mare reproductive loss syndrome.
Researchers at the University of Kentucky Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center have uncovered one more piece in the puzzle relating to Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome.
Pathologists at the Kentucky Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center in Lexington noticed that a few more fetal losses were being seen than was usual during August, September, and October. That prompted increased surveillance and reporting, and meetings by the Kentucky Association of Equine Practitioners committee that was formed during the mare reproductive loss syndrome crisis of 2001.
The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture on Friday released the results from a collaborative project involving Eastern Tent caterpillars and mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS).
Bits and pieces from around the industry...
Finding a way to rid Central Kentucky horse farms of Eastern Tent Caterpillars is the goal of a new $50,000 study financed by the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation.
The Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers Club will host a meeting on Nov. 3 at the Embassy Suites on Newtown Pike to discuss Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome (MRLS) in 2003.
Two researchers believe weather conditions and pasture grass caused Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome.
The scientific community wrapped up a two-day workshop at the University of Kentucky's Gluck Equine Research Center Aug. 28 with a thorough review of research into mare reproductive loss syndrome, and some ideas on how to proceed in 2003.
The Jockey Club is predicting that the 2002 foal crop in Kentucky will be about 2,000 less than last year's figure, primarily because of mare reproductive loss syndrome, but the projected decrease isn't as large as earlier estimates.
Four interesting facts were brought to light because of the late-term abortion and Eastern tent caterpillar (ETC) study that was recently completed at the University of Kentucky, according to Dr. Thomas Tobin of the Gluck Equine Research Center:
The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture has released preliminary results from a collaborative project involving the UK Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center, the UK Department of Veterinary Science, and the Hagyard Davidson McGee Equine Hospital. This project investigated the potential of Eastern tent caterpillars (ETC) to cause fetal loss when administered to mares in the late stages of pregnancy.
The Kentucky Thoroughbred Association will offer a seminar July 25 to assist breeders in filling out loan applications for funding tied to mare reproductive loss syndrome. The money is available through a federal law enacted in 2001.
TCA gives $20,000 to KTOB emergency fund...Jockey Shane Laviolette a winner on Father's Day at Arlington.
A study on the effects of caterpillars points to the insects themselves, not their waste, as the cause of early fetal loss...Preliminary survey results show 8% loss of 2003 crop.
Numbers from Rood and Riddle Equine Clinic in the Lexington area have helped estimate the current early fetal loss rate at somewhere between 5% and 12% for mares checked between April 30 and May 17.
It appears the number of incidents and symptoms of mare reproductive loss syndrome in Central Kentucky are slowing, but there is still no definitive way to arrive at that conclusion.
In a letter to state veterinarians, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture reported that no equines brought to area clinics in a 72-hour period that ended the morning of May 16 had symptoms consistent with mare reproductive loss syndrome.
The loss of Kentucky-bred foals for the 2002 breeding season, mainly due to mare reproductive loss syndrome of 2001, may not end up being as large as first thought, numbers from The Jockey Club show.
Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation is funding a new project with the Kentucky Association of Equine Practitioners to seek critical information on Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome (MRLS).
A research project begins well before the experiment starts. That was the case of the recently completed collaborative effort at the University of Kentucky that associated the Eastern tent caterpillar and its frass (excrement) and Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome (MRLS). Work on that project began last fall, even before funding was finalized.
Reports from Central Kentucky and Ohio note that many farms are seeing no cases of early fetal loss, late-term abortions, or term births of compromised foals.
According to Dr. Richard Holder, a practitioner with the Lexington, Ky., firm of Hagyard-Davidson-McGee who specializes in mare reproduction and fetal sexing, early fetal loss is occurring this year as it did last year, just at a much lower rate.
Thoroughbred foals with symptoms similar to those associated with last year's Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome are being brought to veterinary clinics in Central Kentucky, officials said Monday.
A few isolated cases consistent with a diagnosis of Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome have been identified in the last seven days, said the Kentucky Association of Equine Practitioners at a meeting May 1. The numbers are significantly less than reported for the corresponding period in 2001.
Early test results of a University of Kentucky College of Agriculture study appear to show a correlation between eastern tent caterpillars, their waste--called frass--and foal loss in mares exposed to both.
The University of Kentucky issued an advisory Friday regarding the eastern tent caterpillar, which is still regarded as a primary risk factor associated with mare reproductive lose syndrome.
MRLS took the lives of some 3,500 foals in Central Kentucky, but a recent study indicates it did not affect the quality of life for surviving foals.
Weather forecasts for the evening of April 24 in Central Kentucky have prompted University of Kentucky scientists to advise farm owners to temporarily restrict horses from eating pasture grass. The advisory is because of mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS), which hit at this time last year after an unusual weather pattern.
The rate of reduction in foal losses in Kentucky is slowing, but it is still staggering. The latest figures from The Jockey Club show 32.4 percent less foals dropped in Kentucky this year through April 3 compared with a year ago.
Some New York breeding farms have experienced an unusual number of foaling problems so far this breeding season, and slightly higher incidences of sickness and herpes virus abortions.
A report detailing research of early fetal losses due to mare reproductive loss syndrome points to pastures as the suspected source of the syndrome.
On Thursday the press viewed soil and plant testing that is part of the monitoring program created in response to Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome.
A projected revenue shortfall due to mare reproductive loss syndrome has led Breeders' Cup officials to negotiate with racetracks for a 1% cut of simulcast handle on stakes that include purse enhancements from the Breeders' Cup.
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick -- As live foal reports from The Jockey Club confirm the full impact of last spring's Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome, the breeding industry continues to be frustrated by uncertainty over the cause of the problem.
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