The following information is from the Kentucky Office of the State Veterinarian, Robert Stout, DVM. Unfortunately there are a great many rumors and unverified information continues to circulate about the current outbreak of EHV-1. The information contained in this notice is current and has been verified by the proper veterinary authorities. The Kentucky Horse Council works closely with the Kentucky Office of the State Veterinarian to ensure that all information related to disease outbreaks is factual and correct.
The USDA APHIS, Veterinary Services has provided their initial situation report describing the Western States Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy / Equine Herpes Virus Type 1 outbreak. The information reported below was provided to USDA by state veterinarians and is believed to be accurate through the close of business on Wednesday, May 18, 2011. It is important to remember the investigations are evolving and data changes rapidly.
There is much rumor and inaccurate information being distributed through social media networks. The Kentucky Office of the State Veterinarian encourages individuals to base their decisions on information received from reliable sources and which has undergone a level of scrutiny. The Kentucky Office of the State Veterinarian appreciates the USDA APHIS assisting our industry by compiling and distributing this valuable information.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (November 18, 2010) – Several of Central Kentucky’s equine veterinarians are pitching in to help lower the number of unwanted horses bred in the Commonwealth.
On December 4, the Kentucky Horse Park, along with the Kentucky Horse Council and the Kentucky Equine Humane Center, will offer Free Gelding Surgeries for horse owners who cannot afford to have the surgery performed on their stallions. In addition to rendering a stallion unable to reproduce, gelding surgery often helps horses become easier to manage, train, and if the need arises, adopt or re-home.
Dr. Lori Bidwell of Veterinary Anesthesia and Pain Management Services is enlisting the veterinarians and coordinating the surgeries which will take place at the Kentucky Horse Park. She said, “As equine practitioners, we make our living from horses. The gelding clinic is an opportunity to give back to the community and to the animals to which we owe so much. We are all invested in finding a solution to the unwanted horse dilemma.”
According to a recent report, one out of every ten work-eligible Kentuckians is unemployed. In response to the significant increase in jobless horse owners, the Kentucky Horse Council (KHC) has modified eligibility requirements for their Equine Safety Net program.
Started in April 2007, Equine Safety Net provides feed for horses owned by individuals who have recently lost a job or suffered an injury which prevents them from working.
Through the Equine Safety Net program, KHC provides hay and grain for up to two horses for thirty days for approved applicants. Historically Equine Safety Net supported the care of horses whose owners suffered a job loss or injury within 90 days of application.
Because of recent eligibility changes, now the program is available to those with a verifiable change in work status within six months and recipients may, for the first time, apply for a 30 day extension of Safety Net support.
January 05 2010 – If spreading manure and draining waste water onto plants is your idea of going green you may be in for a big surprise. As large scale agriculture production facilities alter their management strategies to become more environmentally conscientious the spotlight transitions to the small farmer.
In an effort to provide up-to-date information on green equine initiatives, the Kentucky Horse Council (KHC) recently added a Going Green page to the Farm & Business segment of their website. The page includes links to information and articles featuring green horse farming techniques and tactics.
“Generations of horsemen having employed an array of land and stable management practices may find themselves struggling with how best to identify and utilize greener strategies. Through the Kentucky Horse Council website, those individuals can network to learn about green horse farming in the Commonwealth and around the world,” observed KHC Board President Madelyn Millard. Read more> http://www.horsesinthesouth.com/article/article_detail.aspx?id=9670