BLM Gets Funding Boost For Wild Horse And Burro Population Control

The $1.4 trillion budget deal approved by Congress includes a significant funding boost for the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) wild horse and burro program. However, to gain access to the $21 million in funds, the BLM must produce an aggressive, nonlethal strategy to mange the mustang and burro populations that resides on public lands—this […]

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Grazing Cattle With Horses Can Help Control Worms, Study Finds

Grazing horses and cattle together has long been suggested as a tool for helping control strongyle worms, but little research has been done to prove its efficacy. The majority of gastrointestinal parasites are host specific, meaning that the infective stages of equine worms ingested by cattle won’t develop into adults; the same is true for […]

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E. Coli Is Gaining Antibiotic Resistance In Lots Of Species, Including Horses

E. coli is the most frequently isolated pathogen in food-producing animals and also causes major infections in humans, particularly urinary tract infections. Researchers in France, led by Dr. Clémence Bourély, were interested in determining if E. coli was resistant to two antibiotics: amoxicillin and tetracycline. Resistance to these drugs would indicate that E. coli was […]

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BLM Considering Spaying Mares For Population Control Of Wild Horses

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is considering spaying wild mares in Oregon in an attempt to see if the procedure could be used to control wild horse populations on a larger scale in the West. Spaying is not a routine procedure for wild mares, but the BLM is hopeful to use the Oregon mares […]

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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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