February 13, 2002 | By: Haven Miller

A web site developed during last spring's foal death crisis will continue this year to provide timely information on the investigation of Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome and the monitoring program implemented to prevent it.

"This web site is a quick and efficient way of getting information out to our clientele throughout the state and the region," said Jimmy Henning, UK Extension agronomist in charge of the MRLS monitoring program.

The site, which is coordinated by the University of Kentucky Department of Veterinary Science, offers several kinds of information for horse owners and managers. Beginning in March, it will be the primary source of information on weather conditions and pasture information gathered during the spring and summer by researchers and technicians in the UK College of Agriculture.

A new feature of the site this year is a weekly posting of the number of equine fetuses submitted to UK's Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center. An accompanying chart provides a running comparison of this year's submissions to previous years.

"The equine abortion accession data is a weekly tabulation of all equine fetuses examined at the LDDC," said Lenn Harrison, director of the LDDC. "We believe this is valuable information for the media, veterinarians, horse farm owners and managers, and livestock insurance agency representatives."

The MRLS web site address is: http://www.uky.edu/Agriculture/VetScience/mrls/. It may also be accessed through the College of Agriculture home page at http://www.ca.uky.edu under Focus Sites. Clients may also send specific question about MRLS by e-mail to MRLSinfo@uky.edu.

Henning said persons not owning a computer or having access to the web may get their questions about MRLS answered by calling the hotline number: 859-257-MARE (6273).


Jimmy Henning, 859-257-3144