International & National

Langley, BC, May 30, 2019 – Horse Council BC and the BC Ministry of Agriculture are conducting a province-wide Equine Economic Impact Survey. Whether you are a weekend trail rider, a breeder, or a top-ranked barrel racer, your input is invaluable to the creation of an accurate study. The past ten years have seen significant population growth, economic challenges, and a changing perspective on agriculture and livestock among the general public.

Just when you’ve put in the work to get your horses accustomed to dogs, bikes, strollers, umbrellas, quads, and whatever else you might meet on the trail, out of the sky drops what looks like a buzzing cross between a drink-tray and a dragonfly – it’s a drone! Drones, also known as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or UAV, have exploded in popularity in Canada, and it’s a safe bet that trail riders will come into contact with one at some point. Consumer spending on drone purchases in Canada are predicted to go from $5.24 billion this year to almost $11.2 billion by 2020. Recreation areas have scrambled to come up with regulations to govern drone use, and some have banned amateur use altogether.

Edmonton, AB – May 29, 2019 – The Alberta Veterinary Medical Association (ABVMA) urges pet owners to be vigilant about checking pets for ticks and being aware of the risks of Lyme disease, which is now present in Alberta. As Albertans head outdoors with their pets to enjoy the warmer weather, the ABVMA is reminding the public that it’s tick season (April to October) and that there’s potential for serious health risks if a bite goes unnoticed or untreated. Tick bites themselves cause little harm. The danger lies in a tick’s ability to transmit disease, the most common of which is Lyme disease.

Ottawa, ON, June 12, 2019 - Health Canada has completed a safety review of human health products and veterinary drugs containing gentian violet and has found that exposure to these products may increase the risk of cancer. Given the seriousness of this risk, Health Canada is advising Canadians to stop using all human and veterinary drug products containing gentian violet.

Results are in from the Equine Guelph-funded research that marks the first study to investigate steamed, soaked, and dry hay in Ontario. Tiana Owens, a University of Guelph graduate student involved in the study, presented these results during her thesis defence last month. The research team, which also includes Madeline Barnes, Vanessa Gargano, Wilfredo D. Mansilla, Katrina Merkies and Anna K.

The Canadian Farm Builders Association presented the Builder Awards for 2018 projects at their Annual Conference held in Stratford, Ontario, February 28th, 2019. The Awards program recognizes and honours CFBA members with the best 2018 project in each of nine categories, with two of the categories being projects for horses based on the building cost for the completed project.

Horse Day will be your one-stop horse shop on Saturday June 8 in Erin, Ontario. This event is a collaboration of businesses and organizations in the Erin community and will be a celebration of “all things horse.” Horse Day will take place at the Erin Fairgrounds, and will also be a fundraiser for the Erin Agricultural Society’s building accessibility project.