Upcoming Study: Is A Common Cattle Parasite Responsible For Equine Abortions?

Nearly 40 percent of abortions in horses are from unknown causes, says Dr. Tracey Chenier of the Ontario Veterinary College. Beginning in September, she will be overseeing a study to determine if a parasite that causes abortion in cattle could be responsible for the same issue in broodmares. The parasite, Neospora caninum, was first identified […]

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Sarcoids: Treatment Should Be Early And Aggressive

The most common skin tumors in horses, sarcoids are thought to affect about 2 percent of horses across the globe. Though the tumors don’t spread, they can still be uncomfortable for the affected horse, potentially affecting eyelid function and leading to ulceration of they eyeball. Believed to be caused by a bovine papillomavirus transmitted by […]

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Edible Bale Wrap Will Reduce Wasted Hay

BioNet is an edible hay bale wrap designed to reduce wasted hay and silage. Designed by three Imperial College PhD students, the biopolymer is completely edible with no ill effects to animals that ingest it. Though no official testing has been completed, the wrapping has reached the finals of the Imperial College London Venture Catalyst […]

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Contaminated Feed Kills Six Horses In Minnesota

Six horses were killed after eating feed from Gilman Co-op Creamery in Gilman, MN, which was tainted with monensin. An antimicrobial for cattle and poultry, monensin is toxic to horses in even small doses. The feed that killed the horses was a custom blend made specifically for the farm where the horses were located. The […]

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Drought In Australia Affecting Even Large Thoroughbred Farms

Drought conditions in Australia are affecting all livestock owners, including large Thoroughbred breeding farms, with an increased cost for hay and the potential for limited quality hay in the near future. Farms like Yarraman Stud and Arrowfield are considering or have implemented an additional fee on horse owners to cover the rising cost of quality […]

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Multispecies Grazing Helps Control Weeds In Pastures

As horses prefer tasty, lush grass to graze on, they can leave lots of vegetation behind in pastures that they feel is second-rate. Farm owners are sometimes at a loss as to how to control these weedy patches of pasture that are¬†left¬†behind. Cattle can be rotated behind pastures horses graze, or can even be grazed […]

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