Idaho Horse Council 40th Annual Membership Meeting
Saturday, November 08,2014
Rodeo Club ( Idaho Center Upper Level)
Meeting and speakers
Important Equine Issues in Idaho
For more information contact idahohorsecouncil @yahoo.com
Hali will be our dinner speaker at the Idaho Horse Council Annual Meeting.
Hali is the 24 year old daughter of Howard and Laura Stutzman of Twin Falls, Idaho. Hali was crowned Miss Rodeo Idaho July 17, 2013 in front of a packed house at the 98th Annual Snake River Stampede in Nampa. She began her reign in mid-December, 2013. Hali is the 59th woman to wear the Miss Rodeo Idaho crown.
Hali has always believed if you work hard and have enough passion, you can achieve your goals. In 2008, Hali and was signed to compete on the College of Southern Idaho Rodeo Team. In 2009, she was recruited to compete for the Mesalands Community College Rodeo Team in New Mexico where she served as women’s team captain. She was a successful and strong competitor in breakaway roping, team roping, barrel racing and goat tying. Continue reading
As temperatures drop, horse owners should begin to make changes in their horse’s feeding program in preparation for winter. But what alterations are needed? Here are some points to consider when preparing to adjust a nutrition program for the colder weather.
As the temperatures fall, horses will often decrease their water consumption per day. Ensure horses always have access to fresh water, and when temperatures dip below freezing, make sure to check all water sources for ice. Continue reading
AHC Opposes Easing of Import Restrictions on Horses from Saudi Arabia
The American Horse Council has opposed the easing of the current 60-day U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) import requirement on horses from Saudi Arabia.
Horses from Saudi Arabia, and all countries affected with African Horse Sickness (AHS), must be quarantined for sixty days before entering the U.S., while horses from non-AHS countries may be admitted with a shorter quarantine period. The extended period is required to ensure that horses from AHS countries are not infected with AHS, which has a long incubation period. AHS is a highly contagious and deadly disease that affects horses, donkeys, and mules and has a mortality rate of up to 95% in naive horse populations like that in the U.S.
In response to a 2009 request by Saudi Arabia to be recognized as free of AHS, USDA studied the status of the disease in that country. The USDA evaluation used information provided by Saudi Arabia and other sources. Based on its evaluation, USDA concluded that AHS was not known to be present in Saudi Arabia and that the likelihood of introducing AHS into the U.S. through imports of horses from that country was low. But USDA also concluded that “the biological and economic consequences of an AHS outbreak in the United States could be high.” In June, USDA proposed to change the federal import rules to remove Saudi Arabia from the list of countries affected by AHS and allow horses to be imported with a much shorter quarantine period.
In lengthy comments filed with the Department on August 11, the AHC opposed removing Saudi Arabia from the list of countries affected with AHS. The AHC maintained that the potential benefits were not sufficient to offset the potential adverse consequences, which included the high mortality rate, up to 95%; the costs of caring for or euthanizing and disposing of sick horses; the imposition of interstate and international controls and travel restrictions on equine movements, which is so important to the industry, that would accompany an outbreak; and the resultant economic affects and lost revenue to the industry in breeding, racing, showing and exhibiting horses.
The AHC noted that most of the U.S.’s trading partners, and particularly the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), did not recognize Saudi Arabia as AHS-free. The AHC also questioned whether USDA or the industry itself would have the resources to respond to an AHS outbreak.
The AHC concluded that the USDA evaluation did not make a sufficient case to change the rules and put U.S. horses and the $102 billion U.S. horse industry at risk of AHS.
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