Fire Prevention, Farm Safety Podcasts Available

Safety is a year-round business, but it becomes a top priority in the spring as farm owners and managers get more active in their stables and fields.

To help remind horse owners of basic safety principles, the Equine Science Center at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, has posted two new podcasts on iTunes: "Fire Prevention on a Farm" and "Farm Safety Recommendations."

"Fire Prevention on a Farm" runs for just under eight minutes, while "Farm Safety Recommendations" lasts eight and a half minutes. They are available for listening or downloading on the Rutgers podcast site at and via a link on the home page of the Equine Science Center Web site,  

The Equine Science Center introduced its series of podcasts earlier this year as a way to accommodate the public's desire to learn "on the run." Other topics posted include trailer maintenance and safety, care and feeding of the older horse, the basics of nutrition, and the basics of equine behavior. All the podcasts in the series are based on Rutgers Cooperative Extension Fact Sheets.

Additional podcasts are under development. Future topics will include nutrition for foals and growing horses, descriptions of equine metabolic issues, causes and prevention of equine stress, manure management, and pasture management.

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