We were sorry to hear this week that race horses have been confirmed to have been infected with the EHV-1 virus at Fonner Park in Grand Island, NE. See this press release from Nebraska State Veterinarian, Dr. Dennis Hughes, for more information on this outbreak: April 2016 ehm_fonner_park.
LEC Equine Biosecurity Actions
In addition to keeping our facility as clean as possible between and during horse shows, the Lancaster Event Center has been actively disinfecting our equine facilities between and during horse shows since April 2014. In addition to spraying all group areas (aisles, arenas, walkways, doorways) and making smaller bottles of Nixall available for purchase to horse owners, we also disinfect EVERY stall top to bottom (floor, walls, bars) between shows. We continue to use the highly recommended, natural, safe & effective disinfectant used in many horse facilities, called Nixall (you can find more information at nixall.com). Attached below are photos of our disinfection process. This is a large investment of supplies, manpower and time, as you can imagine, but we believe strongly it is important to all our guests and equine shows.
LEC Upcoming Horse Shows
Visitors will also find unique foods offered each year only for the Nebraska Power Farm Show including three Austin Blues BBQ stands, and a new home-style Farmer’s Buffet with two meat choices and hot sides changing daily, and a salad and soup bar. The entire Lancaster Event Center crew will be getting the grills out to serve their famous Farm Show Steak Sandwich or homemade Beef Brisket with their Signature Sauce.
What Horse Owners Can Do
We encourage horse owners to keep vigilant on your own horse’s health as you travel (working with your own vet on vaccinations, monitoring temperature, etc.) and stay informed about the EHV-1 virus. The Nebraska State Vet has just updated this message for horse owners as of April 19, 2016:
“Important Notice to Horse Owners:
Nebraska has not implemented any additional commerce or import requirements on horse movement at this time. This status could change, and it would be prudent for horse owners to check this website prior to their date of travel to check for update.
NDA encourages all horse producers to follow biosecurity measures on their operations, including: requiring individuals to wash their hands before and after contact with each horse; disinfect boots and change clothes that come into contact with horses other than your own; isolate horses returning from shows or events for 2-3 weeks.”
Many more documents and helpful information can be found at the NE State Vet’s web site: http://www.nda.nebraska.gov/animal/diseases/ehv/index.html
Please contact your horse show promoter if you have further questions and we encourage horse show promoters to
contact us at the LEC or the Nebraska State Vet with any further questions.
Statement from Nixall: Only EPA disinfectant that will kill all the CDC superbugs and is Non-Toxic to animals and humans! The US Marines and the University of Oregon have shown that the active ingredient in Nixall is 100 times more effective than bleach. See nixall.com for more information.
This Lancaster Event Center memo is for informational purposes only. The document information was drawn from a variety of reputable sources and attention to detail was taken in preparation, however, the Lancaster County Agricultural Society and the Lancaster Event Center offer no guaranty of completeness or effectiveness of the recommendations and protocols for achieving infection control at equine events.
About the Lancaster Event Center
The Lancaster Event Center is located on the east side of Lincoln, Nebraska and known as the Midwest’s premier multi-use facility and home of the Lancaster County Super Fair and over 270 other events annually. Key features include 400,000 square feet across five inter-connected buildings, full catering and food/beverage service, 200-site campground, 160-acre fairgrounds with ample, convenient parking. Founded in 2001 by the Lancaster County Agricultural Society, the Lancaster Event Center, a 501(c)(3) non-profit is a key contributor to the county’s youth, culture and economy by providing a professional, friendly and fun event experience while showcasing the unique agricultural heritage of Lancaster County. For additional information, visit LancasterEventCenter.org or call 402-441-6545.