Pasture and Forages
March 01, 2010
Proper pasture management prevents erosion and nutrient loss from the soil, which also helps improve stream and water quality. In addition, pastures can provide an excellent "free-choice" exercise plan for horses. But the most important role pasture... Read More
February 25, 2010
Broodmare farm operators in the southeastern United States are interested in managing tall fescue toxicity because of the pregnancy complications it can cause.
The University of Kentucky Horse Pasture Evaluation Program, has evaluate... Read More
February 17, 2010
The comment period for a draft environmental impact statement evaluating the potential environmental effects of deregulating alfalfa genetically engineered to be resistant to the herbicide glyphosate, known commercially as Roundup, has been ext... Read More
February 09, 2010
Horse owners wanting to add to or improve the forage species in their existing pastures should consider using either the frost seeding method in February and early March, or interseeding later in the spring months.
Frost seedin... Read More
December 18, 2009
October 21, 2009
The first frost of the autumn generally brings questions centered around three general topics:
- Suspected toxicity of frosted alfalfa to grazing animals
- Post-frost harvest of last alfalfa cutting
- Toxic prussic acid... Read More
October 15, 2009
David McNear, PhD, assistant professor of rhizosphere science in the University of Kentucky's (UK) Plant and Soil Sciences Department, was recently awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) for his research o... Read More
October 09, 2009
Horses fed a diet of only forage have greater bacterial stability and fewer "bad" fecal bacteria, such as Streptococcus spp, than horses that areÂ also fed concentrates. This finding, reported by a group of Swedish researchers,... Read More
September 23, 2009
Dismal prices, sluggish sales, high production costs, and challenging weather conditions have left alfalfa farmers with little to no profit in 2009, prompting a focus on "Improving Your Odds of Profitability" at this year's Western Alfalfa and... Read More
September 16, 2009
September 14, 2009
If your horse is at risk for intestinal stones or enteroliths (a common cause of obstruction-induced colic in horses), consider replacing an alfalfa-based diet with grass hay, said Diana M. Hassel, DVM, PhD, of Colorado State University.... Read More
September 13, 2009
Cool temperatures and abundant rainfall create ideal conditions for forage producers to establish or thicken grass pastures and hayfields.
"The continuous rainfall this summer was very good for forage growth, and soil moisture levels are... Read More
September 07, 2009
Beet pulp has been a popular feed for horses for years without many people really knowing why. ... Read More
September 01, 2009
Quality forage and grain alternatives can help owners manage horses during drought and economic downturn.... Read More
August 25, 2009
Land and horse owners are reminded to be on their guard against deadly ragwort following the inclement weather of July and August, World Horse Welfare noted in a statement Aug. 13.
"Ragwort poses a huge risk to horse health and in... Read More
August 24, 2009
Fall nitrogen application has long been promoted within the turfgrass industry to improve stand density. Researchers conducted a field study on four well-managed horse farm pastures in the Central Bluegrass region of Kentucky from September 2006... Read More
August 14, 2009
Known to withstand drought and high traffic, tall fescue is common forage in the southeastern United States. However, these resistant properties are partly associated with an endophytic fungus that infects the tall fescue plant. While the... Read More
August 11, 2009
As bales of hay roll in from the fields on the back of farmers' wagons, it's again time to start staking your claim so that your hayloft remains full over the coming winter months. Here are some tips to help you select hay for your horses.... Read More
August 09, 2009
Spiny pigweed/Spiny amaranth
Scientific name: Amaranthus spinosus L.
Life Cycle: Warm season annul
Origin: Tropical America
Spiny pigweed is distributed widely across the United States and grows most... Read More
July 24, 2009
Horse owners can learn more about weed control in horse pastures from a new fact sheet published by University of Minnesota horse extension specialists.
The new publication,
July 23, 2009
Texas' worst drought in 50 years has burnt up pasture and raised the price of hay, leaving horse rescues to cope with an increase in abandonment and neglect cases as owners struggle to feed their horses.
"The cost of hay is going up, if you... Read More
July 10, 2009
Recent reported crop losses in North Carolina and several other states are linked to certain broad leaf herbicides containing aminopyralid, clopyralid, and picloram, according to researchers. In North Carolina, people with gardens and organic... Read More
July 09, 2009
Kentucky horse owners might find Bermudagrass to be a good summer pasture species for mares, foals, and yearlings, and it might also serve as an on-farm source of hay or bedding. These observations are based on a continuing four-year study at the... Read More
July 01, 2009
A good pasture is not just a grassy field surrounded by a fence. It's a place of beauty, a weed-free meadow where horses... Read More
June 29, 2009
Pasture-induced laminitis (sometimes referred to as founder) can be triggered when susceptible horses ingest high amounts of sugar or fructans that are naturally found in some pasture grasses.
Susceptible horses include, but are not limited... Read More
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