Pasture and Forages
June 05, 2010
Horses have evolved over millions of years as grazers, with specialized digestive tracts adapted to digest and utilize diets containing high levels of plant fiber. They are capable of processing large quantities of forage to meet their nutrient... Read More
May 10, 2010
Hay producers who pay close attention to soil fertility fundamentals are better prepared to meet desired forage production and nutritive value with their fields. This management tool is especially important with introduced forages. ... Read More
May 06, 2010
Picture the perfect horse farm in your mind, and you probably envision contented horses grazing velvety green fields that roll away in every direction. When you visit an actual horse pasture, however, reality often includes manure piles surroun... Read More
May 04, 2010
Give your horse two choices: tall grass or low grass. Which one will he choose?
That answer depends a lot on the quality and nutritional composition of the grass, according to a new study by French researchers.
Although ho... Read More
April 22, 2010
Canada thistle is distributed across the northern United States and Canada. It's listed as noxious in many states and classified as a prohibited noxious weed seed in many state seed laws. ... Read More
April 01, 2010
Dr. Kristina Hiney, PhD, Omega Fields Equine Nutrition Advisor, has prepared a series of seasonal tips to help horse owners transitioning their horses from one season to another.... Read More
April 01, 2010
Grass is grass, right? Wrong! That lovely green pasture you've diligently watered and kept weed-free can be like Jekyll and Hyde. If your horse is at risk for grass founder or has a low tolerance for high levels of sugar... Read More
March 11, 2010
Spanish translation of an article on controlling access to spring pasture grasses to prevent laminitis.... Read More
March 09, 2010
Spanish translation of an article reviewing equine grass sickness (enfermedad equina de los pastos).... Read More
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
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