FORT COLLINS, Colo. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Animal Health Monitoring System released the first report from its Equine 2015 study, Baseline Reference of Equine Health and Management in the United States, 2015. The Equine 2015 study is National Animal Health Monitoring System’s third national study of the U.S. equine industry. As with National Animal Health Monitoring System’s 1998 and 2005 equine studies, Equine 2015 was designed to provide participants, industry and animal-health officials with information on the nation’s equine population. The information will serve as a basis for education, service and research, while providing the industry with new and valuable information regarding trends in the industry for 1998, 2005 and 2015.

Equine 2015 was conducted in 28 states, chosen for study participation based, in part, on the size or density of the states’ equine population. Data collected for the study represented 71.6 percent of equids and 70.9 percent of U.S. operations with five or more equids.

Highlights of baseline reference of equine health and management in the United States, 2015:

  • About 9 of 10 operations, 88.9 percent, had 19 or fewer resident equids as of May 1, 2015. Those operations accounted for 58.1 percent of resident equids in the United States. Resident equids were defined as equids that spent more time at one operation than at any other operation.
  • The majority of operations, 70.7 percent, used private veterinarians as their primary information source regarding equine health care.
  • Operators on 38.8 percent of operations were knowledgeable about equine infectious anemia, while 18.2 percent recognized the name, but not much else, and 7.7 percent said they had not heard of it before.
  • Overall 47.1 percent of operations performed at least one equine infectious anemia test on resident equids in the previous 12 months, and 36.8 percent of resident equids had at least one equine infectious anemia test in the previous 12 months.
  • For all operations, the average cost of an equine infectious anemia test — including call fee or cost of transportation — was $40.77. Cost ranged from $39.34 in the South Central region to $46.39 in the West region.

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