2009 Industry News

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Alberta Veterinary Medical Association Supports World Rabies Day

 

Monday September 28, 2009 will mark the third annual World Rabies Day.  The 2007 & 2008 celebrations were huge successes and were supported in over 70 countries worldwide with nearly 400,000 individual participants.

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A lifetime of hard work and dedication has been acknowledged and rewarded by the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA). Alberta Thoroughbred breeder, Ab Brewster of Cool Spring Farm, Bowden, has been recognized by TOBA as one of its “Breeders of the Year” and the only recipient from outside of the US.

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CFIA has been advised by USDA that the last remaining Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) related quarantine in the State of Texas was released on July 24, 2009.

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Due to the reported finding of one horse infected with vesicular stomatitis (VS) in New Mexico, US, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has asked the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to suspend the issuance or endorsement of export certificates for horses and other equines originating from the state of New Mexico. These restrictions will be enforced in combination with the current restriction imposed on horses from Texas, US, due to an outbreak of VS in that state as well.

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Due to the outbreak of equine piroplasmosis in the state of Missouri, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has asked the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to suspend the issuance or endorsement of export certificates for horses and other equines originating from the State of Missouri. 

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Effective April 29, 2009, an alternative procedure for the importation of fresh equine semen from the United States into Canada is in place following an official United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) mandate to all of its regional offices.

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 April 24, 2009 (SASKATOON, SASK.) -- A $10,000 gift from the Equine Foundation of Canada to support vital horse health research at the University of Saskatchewan’s Western College of Veterinary Medicine will double in value and impact through a unique matching gift program at the veterinary college.

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If you transport your horse in Alberta, outside the province or to the US, you need to be aware of the new transportation document requirements. Read more...(download)

 

Generations of horses have been put on regular rotating deworming schedules by their well-meaning owners and caretakers.  Today’s standard deworming practices originated in the 60’s when the first dewormers were available, changing somewhat in the 70s and 80s when new products were introduced and rotation of products was recommended.

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Building on years of industry-driven farm animal welfare progress in Alberta and beyond

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Building on years of industry-driven farm animal welfare progress in Alberta and beyond ...

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The new Animal Health Act, Alberta’s primary animal disease control legislation, came into effect on January 1, 2009, along with three new regulations. This Act will ensure a rapid and effective response to an animal disease occurrence.

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Edmonton, AB (February 3, 2009) – Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers Program, spotlighting and promoting young agricultural leaders, selected Geoff Hoar from Innisfail, AB, to represent Alberta at the National Awards Program, to be hosted in Ottawa, Ontario from December 1 to December 6, 2009.

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CFIA has announced the introduction of import restrictions on horses and equine semen originating from the USA as a result of the current US outbreak of Contagious Equine Metritis.

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Although little publicized, horses do qualify for payments from the Alberta Farm Recover Plan II Funding. To be eligible for an AFRP II payment, you must have been actively raising horses in Alberta in 2006 and 2007, and had production in 2006.

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The Livestock Identification and Commerce General Regulation was proclaimed in force January 1, 2009. For horse owners, this means that livestock manifests are no longer required to transport horses within Alberta unless the horse is being transported for sale or slaughter or to an inspection site. For complete information...

 

The Breeds & Industry Division of Equine Canada would like to inform all stakeholders of the Canadian horse industry that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has removed import restrictions on horses from Florida entering Canada that were put in place due to a 2008 outbreak of equine piroplasmosis in the state of Florida.

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