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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 …


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 …

Florida and Georgia FFA Members Receive National Awards

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The 89th National FFA Convention and Expo has wrapped up in Indianapolis and during the event the National Agricultural Proficiency Awards were handed out as eight members from Florida and Georgia were recipients. From the National FFA Organization:

Alabama Producers Urged to Keep Watch for Screwworm

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From the Alabama Cooperative Extension System: AUBURN, Ala.—The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service confirmed three New World screwworm cases in Florida last week. Three Wild Key Deer on a wildlife refuge in Big Pine Key, Florida, are the first locally confirmed cases of New World screwworm in more than three decades. In 2007 and 2010, …

Screwworm Life Cycle and Habits Contribute to Insect’s Threat

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From the University of Florida/IFAS By: Tom Nordlie GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida residents curious or skeptical about the threat posed by the parasitic screwworm fly Cochliomiya hominivorax can rest assured the insect merits all the attention it has received after an outbreak was detected in the Florida Keys earlier this month, say experts with the University of Florida Institute of …