Equine virus forces closure of fair facility

Because of the Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1) outbreak, the Montrose County Fairgrounds in Montrose will voluntarily close its facilities to all horses for two weeks as a preventive measure.

The horses that are currently boarded at the fairgrounds are allowed to stay. However, if they are taken from the property, they will not be allowed to return until June 1.

Call 964-2180 for information.

Also, the Western Slope Cattleman’s Heart of the West Catalog Horse Sale, which was scheduled for Saturday at the Cattleman’s Livestock Auction in Loma, has been postponed because of the EHV-1 outbreak. The sale has been rescheduled for June 24–25.

Call Bill Martin at 970-302-5834 for more information.

The Colorado Department of Agriculture on Thursday reported that there were eight confirmed cases of horses with EHV-1 and 22 suspect cases. Ten quarantine and hold orders have been issued in six counties: Bent, Boulder, Larimer, Mesa, Morgan and Weld.


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