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Maryland Adopts “Graded Stakes” Testing

The Maryland Racing Commission began testing all equine urine and blood samples in accordance with graded stakes protocol earlier this year, according to executive director Mike Hopkins. Frank Vespe, reporting for The Racing Biz, stated that the move to upgrade the state’s testing came following a mid-March mid-Atlantic regulators’ meeting. Hopkins told Vespe, “You’ve got the same type of testing going on in New Jersey and Delaware. So we’re making it all consistent.” Graded stakes-level testing requires 213 drugs be tested for by the commission. Of those, 103 are mandatory and the remaining 110 can be chosen from a broader list of medications. Hopkins said that in Maryland, Truesdail Laboratories would now test for a broader spectrum of drugs in urine, which Hopkins said is “a medium used for testing for specific drugs you many not find in blood.” These medications typically metabolize too quickly to show up in blood testing but would show up in urine testing. To read Vespe’s full story, click here:...

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Maryland Adopts “Graded Stakes” Testing

The Maryland Racing Commission began testing all equine urine and blood samples in accordance with graded stakes protocol earlier this year, according to executive director Mike Hopkins. Frank Vespe, reporting for The Racing Biz, stated that the move to upgrade the state’s testing came following a mid-March mid-Atlantic regulators’ meeting. Hopkins told Vespe, “You’ve got the same type of testing going on in New Jersey and Delaware. So we’re making it all consistent.” Graded stakes-level testing requires 213 drugs be tested for by the commission. Of those, 103 are mandatory and the remaining 110 can be chosen from a broader list of medications. Hopkins said that in Maryland, Truesdail Laboratories would now test for a broader spectrum of drugs in urine, which Hopkins said is “a medium used for testing for specific drugs you many not find in blood.” These medications typically metabolize too quickly to show up in blood testing but would show up in urine testing. To read Vespe’s full story, click here:...

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Maryland Legislative March Madness!

Caroline County Sunday Hunting, Animal Crime Penalties, Arabian Racing, Open Space & Preservation, Compounding of Vet Drugs A key date in the ninety-day session of the Maryland General Assembly is “cross-over day;” this is the day that if a bill is not voted out of its original house, so that it can “cross-over” to the opposite chamber for debate, it is effectively dead for this year. 2016 cross-over day was March 21; the 2016 legislative session will officially adjourn on April 11 (also known as “sine die”), and so – as you read this, there is a rush of activity as committee chairs rush to wrap things up.  Hearings will be scheduled with much shorter notice, sometimes only a day in advance.  When there are hearings, many will allow only sponsors to orally testify (others may still make an appearance in the committee to support the sponsors and to be available for question, and may still file written testimony). So, what bills are left in play that may be of concern to our readers? Sunday Hunting: Caroline County The Maryland Horse Council is seeking to combat the flurry each year (for the last 12 years) of what are called “local courtesy bills” which expand hunting by a day or two in small, geographic regions by brokering a state-wide compromise that would ensure the...

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New System Composts 1.5 tons of Manure in Two weeks

On June 14, an innovative manure composting system was unveiled at Days End Farm Horse Rescue in Howard County, the first such project made possible by Maryland’s Animal Waste Technology Grant Fund. Although composting is not new, this contained vessel composting system, when installed, reduces environmental factors that impact the composting success. The state-of-the-art system can process 1.5 tons of horse manure in two weeks. According to Days End officials, the final compost product will be used for bedding, on-site landscaping needs and possible sale to a local nursery. “Preliminary information from the Environmental Finance Center at the University of Maryland indicates that Days End Farm will save approximately $12,000 a year by eliminating landfill expenses and reducing bedding costs,” said Maryland Agriculture Secretary Joe Bartenfelder. “Developing new technologies to protect natural resources and improve farm profitability is a win-win for everyone.” Green Mountain Technologies, based in Washington state, implemented the project for Days End Farm Horse Rescue. The company employs the latest technologies and has the ability to use web-enabled controllers and probes to monitor temperatures and manage the composter remotely. “Green Mountain Technologies—in partnership with the Maryland Department of Agriculture and Days End Farm Horse Rescue—is delighted to demonstrate this exciting new concept in manure management for equine facilities,” said Michael Bryan-Brown, the firm’s president and chief engineer. “Our goal is...
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