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[RC] for those of you in FL... - Jackie Winkleman

For those of you in FL, I just thought I would pass this along.

Note: forwarded message attached.


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Title: HORSE ALERT ISSUED OVER CONTAMINATED FEED

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                         

July 25, 2003

FOR INFORMATION:

Dr. Bill Jeter                                                                                       

jeterw@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

(850) 488-3022

                                                                                                             


BRONSON ISSUES HORSE ALERT OVER CONTAMINATED FEED

TALLAHASSEE – Florida Agriculture Commissioner Charles H. Bronson today announced that alfalfa hay infested with “Blister Beetles” has been identified in North Central Florida and implicated in the death of three horses.

Horse owners are being advised to carefully check their hay supply and feedstuffs to ensure quality and to safeguard their horses, Bronson said.

“Blister Beetle” (Epicauta sp.) is occasionally found in alfalfa hay imported into Florida as a result of modern haying practices which crush the beetles during hay baling.  This beetle releases a highly irritating substance into the hay, resulting in severe colic and often death of horses which consume the contaminated hay.  Any horse owners with questions or concerns about their hay supply are advised to contact their feed dealer or veterinarian.

Bronson also voiced concern over potential moldiness of hay, given the recent heavy rains during Florida’s hay-baling season.  All hay fed to horses should be examined and observed closely prior to feeding to ensure its safety.

Horse owners with concerns or questions can call Dr. Bill Jeter, Equine Program Leader, with the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Animal Industry, at (850) 410-0900.

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