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Animal health alert

by ProRodeo.com | Apr 10, 2014

Horse at the Wrangler NFRDue to confirmed cases of Equine Herpesvirus (EHV-1) the PRCA would like to update the membership regarding additional requirements at certain events and offer tips to keep your livestock healthy while traveling. There have been several cases in MN and WI that are affecting events in that area, also other seemingly isolated cases in CO and IA.  We believe this will most likely be the case moving forward so now is the time for to be vigilant, keep up with the latest news on the subject and practice good biosecurity measures.  Also, please rely on legitimate sources for your information and do not act on information until it can be confirmed by State Animal Health officials!

Madison, Wis. PRCA Rodeo 
Ground rules posted in the PSN will be enforced.  
PRCA Animal Health Alert sent to those entered in Madison
See additional information regarding precautions at the event and for competitors
Midwest Horse Fair Information
Please contact the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture for updates and livestock importation information.

St.Paul, Minn. PRCA Rodeo
The organizers of the Minnesota Horse Expo that will feature a PRCA Rodeo have issued this additional health requirement for those entered in the rodeo and bringing horses: 
Due to EHV-1 in horses in MN and WI, Contestants bringing horses to the MN Horse Expo Rodeo are required to have a health certificate from an accredited veterinarian with temperature documented dated within one week of the Expo (April 17, 2014).
Full letter from Minnesota Horse Expo
Updates from the Minnesota Department of Animal Health

News on the Confirmed EHV-1 Cases from “The Horse” Magazine:
New EHV-1 Case in Wisconsin
Additional EHV-1 Cases Confirmed in Minnesota, WisconsinCommon sense precautions to take when traveling with your horse: 
1. Separate food and water buckets for each horse and do not allow your horse to drink out of communal water troughs;
2. Avoid nose to nose contact with other horses when possible;
3. Individual tack that is not shared from horse to horse;
4. Quarantining horses returning to the facility after rodeos and other events;
5. Regularly disinfect your trailer;
6. Disinfect stalls when arriving at a facility.

Rodeo Committees:
Please see the “Biosecurity Toolkit for Equine Events” below.  It is a large document and if you have trouble printing it out email me at animalwelfare@prorodeo.com  Additionally, I have a “Business Continuity Plan for Equine Events” from the Colorado Department of Agriculture to assist you in building your own plan regarding a contagious animal disease occurrence at your event, email me if you would like a copy.

RESOURCES: 
A Guide To Understanding the Neurologic Form of EHV Infection
Biosecurity Toolkit for Equine Events

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We will update the full membership periodically, if you would like regular monthly updates on all Livestock Welfare Issues and more frequent animal health updates, please send your email address to animalwelfare@prorodeo.com to subscribe to these updates.

Courtesy of PRCA