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Challenges with Wild Horses

Dan Equine

Last month, a new report by the Government Accountability Office estimated that 200,000-some wild horses, burros, and mules, are free-roaming on federal and tribal lands. A recent report also says there could be as many as 9.2 million domesticated horses, burros, and mules in the U.S. The GAO says there are several challenges in managing the wild herd, including affording …

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Georgia Offering Temporary Sheltering Facilities for Evacuated Livestock

Dan Equine, Georgia, Industry News Release

With Hurricane Irma inching closer to Florida, the Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) has been working with all of their state, federal and industry partners to support the safety and comfort of not only Georgia citizens and their animals, but also their Florida neighbors fleeing the storm. GDA has temporarily suspended Animal Interstate Movement Health Requirements for entry into Georgia …

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Displaced Horses Continue to Find Shelter at Florida Agriculture Center & Horse Park

Dan Equine, Florida, Industry News Release

The Florida Agricultural Center & Horse Park (FHP) located in Ocala, Florida is currently providing shelter and boarding for 126 horses displaced due to the imminent threat of Hurricane Irma. After receiving the initial inquiry last week, FHP immediately began to accept evacuees. The facility can host up to 160 horses at capacity and encourages those seeking lodging for their …

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Florida Horse Park Full

Dan Equine, Florida

With Hurricane Irma inching towards Florida, many folks are looking for a place to shelter their animals through a possible hit from the storm.  But it’s been announced that the Florida Horse Park in Ocala is 100% booked with horse refugees. Many horses have already been turned away, so if you were thinking of taking animals to that location to …

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GAO Estimates 200,000 Wild Horses Roaming on Federal Lands

Dan Equine, Industry News Release

A new report by the Government Accountability Office estimates that 200,000-some wild horses, burros, and mules, are free-roaming on federal and tribal lands. The report released this week also says there could be as many as 9.2 million domesticated horses, burros, and mules in the United States. The GAO says there are several challenges in managing the wild herd, including …

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McMillan Advises Horse Owners to Vaccinate for EEE & West Nile Virus

Dan Alabama, Equine, Industry News Release

Agriculture & Industries Commissioner John McMillan announces that a horse has tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) by the department’s diagnostic laboratory in Auburn. The horse was presented for treatment at Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine from the neighboring state of Georgia. In addition, Mobile County Health Department (MCHD) has reported that the sentinel chickens, used to detect …

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Help a Horse Day

Dan Equine, This Land of Ours

  Cathy Isom tells us about a celebration to raise awareness about a majestic, loving animal. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours.   Wednesday, April 26th is National Help a Horse Day. It was founded by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals or ASPCA. The objective: to spread awareness about at-risk horses who may …

USDA Removes Personal information from Animal Welfare Act Documents

Dan Equine, Industry News Release

The Department of Agriculture has removed some personal information from documents posted online involving the Animal Welfare Act and the Horse Protection Act. The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has shared the information online for the last decade, including inspection reports, research facility reports and lists of persons licensed under the Animal Welfare Act.

Trump Reportedly Taps Perdue as Ag Secretary

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President-elect Donald Trump has reportedly picked former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue to be Agriculture Secretary under the incoming administration. While the USDA landing team has yet to confirm the nominee, multiple media outlets attributed a senior transition official as saying Trump will nominate Perdue to the post. The American Farm Bureau strongly endorsed the nomination of Perdue following the news.

Changes Aimed at Ending the Inhumane Practice of Horse Soring

Dan Equine, Industry News Release

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) today announced a final rule that includes changes that will help to protect horses from the cruel and inhumane practice known as soring and eliminate the unfair competitive advantage that sore horses have over horses that are not sore. The practice of soring is intended to produce …