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Australasian Focus

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Vaccine for Hendra Virus is Safe for Australian Horses

Hendra virus vaccine for horses is safe and effective, according to the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA), and the organization urges horse owners to have a veterinarian administer the vaccine to protect equines from this deadly disease.

Nutrition

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Sampling Techniques for Hay Analysis

Accurate hay analysis depends on sample quality. In short, laboratories cannot do a worthwhile job if they have only poor samples to analyze. The only way to obtain a proper hay sample is by using a bale probe or corer.

KER Research

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How is Nutrient Digestibility Determined in Horses?

Using 30 different diets, KER calculated digestibilities for numerous diets, yielding valuable information on nutrient requirements and interactions.

Health

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Diet and Management Can Minimize Arthritic Changes in Horses

Though many people consider arthritis to be a disease of older equines, horses of any age can be affected by chronic joint inflammation.

General Interest

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Is There a Safe Time for Fructan-Sensitive Horses to Graze?

Fructans—the sugars produced by cool-season grasses—are indigestible in the horse’s stomach and small intestine, so these nonstructural carbohydrates (NSC) end up in the hindgut, where they can disrupt the rate of fiber fermentation.