USDA

Two Cases Of Vesicular Stomatitis Confirmed In New Mexico

The USDA reported that two horses in Sandoval County, New Mexico, tested positive for vesicular stomatitis (VS). Housed at a boarding facility with 17 horses, seven llamas and two goats, the positive horses live in a field together and have not left the premise recently. No other animals are showing signs of VS. The facility […]

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Different Perspectives Discussed at American Horse Council National Meeting

The American Horse Council (AHC) Annual Meeting and National Issues Forum, held June 9-12, 2019, provided a wealth of information and ideas from different perspectives on how the equine industry can grow and how AHC members can continue to work together. Attendees were treated to insights ranging from cutting-edge topics designed to help equine athletes […]

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New Piroplasmosis Treatment Could Include Ellagic Acid

Ellagic acid in nanoparticles may be able to fight piroplasmosis in horses and other animals. Notoriously hard to treat, piroplasmosis is a protozoal infection that has no vaccination options–and treatment choices are limited. Spread by ticks, improperly sanitized surgical equipment or the reuse of needles, some regions of the world require euthanasia of the infected […]

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Biotech Startup May Change Veterinary Drug Approval Landscape

Big pharma generally works backward: Determine what a chemical compound does to a body, then see where it can be applied in medicine. To bring a drug to market, a four-stage trial has to take place; it then takes about 10 years and $100 million to navigate the FDA approval process. DVM 360 reports that […]

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Survey Results Establish Equine Research Priorities

Colic (gastrointestinal diseases) is considered by both equine veterinarians and horse owners as the most important equine health care problem in need of more answers, according to the results of research surveys conducted in partnership by the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Foundation and the American Horse Council (AHC) Foundation. In 2018, AAEP and […]

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Positive EIA In Georgia, Two Horses Euthanized

According to the Equine Disease Communication Center, the Georgia Department of Agriculture’s (GDA) Animal Industry Division has confirmed two positive cases of Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) in Quarter Horses at a Fayette County facility. The affected horses were humanely euthanized. The remainder of the horses at the facility are under quarantine pending follow up testing […]

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AVMA Asks Congress To End Equine Abuse With PAST Act

Soring is the act of intentionally inflicting pain on a horse’s legs or hooves to make them perform in a high-stepping, artificial gait. The act of soring is most often seen in Tennessee Walking Horses that are show horses, though the inhumane act is also inflicted on other gaited breeds like spotted saddle horses and […]

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Miami Animal Import Center Closed To New Arrivals Due To Illness Outbreak

The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Agency (APHIS) has reported that the Miami Animal Import Center will be temporarily closed to new arrivals of horses beginning on Jan. 19 in response to illness in a handful of horses quarantined at the facility. APHIS is investigating to determine the specific cause of illness, but salmonella […]

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Figures Show Number Of Horses Shipped To Mexico For Slaughter Up From 2017

As of Dec. 6, nearly 66,000 U.S. horses have been transported to Mexico for slaughter, according to the USDA Economics, Statistics and Marketing Information System. The exact number, 65,915 is an increase over the 62,832 horses sent to Mexico for slaughter as of the same date in 2017. The number of horses exported to Mexico […]

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Congress Passes Agriculture Bill Defining Horses As Livestock, Not Pets

As the countdown to close the 115th Congress heads to the final stretch, Congress on Wednesday passed the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (H.R. 2), sending the legislation to the president, who is expected to sign the bill into law this week, according to the American Horse Council. Horse industry highlights include a revised statutory […]

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