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Researchers from the University of Bern, in Switzerland, and Texas A&M University, in College Station, are asking more horse owners, trainers, riders, and veterinarians to participated in a study on collapse and sudden death in horses. But the team is opening surveys up  for a few more weeks.

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The folks at the VFD News Center remind us that some medications for swine requiring a veterinary feed directive (VFD) are indicated for use alone while others are approved for use in combination with over-the-counter (OTC) medications that don’t require a VFD.

For example, chlortetracycline, which will transition to a VFD medication on January 1, 2017, has several indications for use alone but it’s also approved for use with tiamulin, an OTC medication, for diseases including swine dysentery, bacterial enteritis and bacterial pneumonia.

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The Lone Star Healthy Streams program educates Texas landowners on how to best protect waterways from bacterial contributions associated with horses, livestock and feral hogs. “In Tarrant County a large number of our small-acreage land-owners have horses and enjoy the lifestyle of trail rides, horse shows and rodeos,” says Tarrant County AgriLife Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent Fred M. Hall. To help land-owners understand how their horses and other livestock can effect water quality downstream the programs will focus on the Eagle Mountain and Village Creek watersheds.

On Tuesday, November 1 the program will be hosted at the Tarrant County Resource Connection at 110 Circle Drive in Fort Worth and on Wednesday, November 2 it will be hosted at the Fort Worth Nature Center located at 9601 Fossil Ridge Road in Fort Worth.

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“If you own a horse or think you would like to own a horse, there are some financial considerations of horse ownership,” says Tarrant County AgriLife Extension Agriculture and Natural Resource Agent Fred M. Hall. Horses are wonderful companions and riding can be a lifelong hobby for the entire family, but feed, boarding, medical care and upkeep costs don’t go away because you haven’t ridden for a few weeks.

This Extension program will be held on Wednesday, October 26 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the Brand Room at the Texas Cattle Raisers Building. The building is located at 1301 West 7th St., in Fort Worth.

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The Lone Star Healthy Streams program educates Texas landowners on how to best protect waterways from bacterial contributions associated with horses, livestock and feral hogs. “In Tarrant County a large number of our small-acreage land-owners have horses and enjoy the lifestyle of trail-rides, horse-shows and rodeos,” says Tarrant County AgriLife Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent Fred M. Hall. To help land-owners understand how their horses and other livestock can effect water quality downstream we have focused on the Eagle Mountain and Village Creek watersheds.

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‘This AgriLife Extension program pairs two important aspects of owing a ranch with horses and other livestock– preventing theft and keeping animals safe in a trailer,” says Tarrant County Agriculture Agent Fred M. Hall. With theft off ranches and trailer accidents in recent newscasts, it’s a good time to review how we can protect our property and animals. The program is scheduled for 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 27. It will be held in the Elm Room of the Tarrant County Resource Connection located at 2300 Circle Dr. in Fort Worth.

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“Almost every week I hear questions from new landowners and folks who want to put a horse on a small acreage, says Tarrant County AgriLife Extension Agent Fred M. Hall. What kind of pasture should I grow? How Do I control Weeds? How many horse can I put on my new place? How do I control flies? These are difficult questions to answer and because each farmette is different. This program will share lots of information with new owners. It is set for 6 to &:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 30 and will be held in the Bluebonnet Room in the Tarrant County Extension office. The office is located at 200 Taylor St., in Fort Worth.

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