Pasture & Forage Management


Post-Rain Tips for Horse Owners

June 23, 2011

Now is the time for horse owners to assess the lingering effects of spring's wet weather.... Read More


Blister Beetles: Deadly in Horse Hay

June 02, 2011

Owners should be aware of a potentially fatal tagalong in healthy-looking alfalfa hay: blister beetles.... Read More


Nitrogen Losses in Soil During Wet Weather

May 26, 2011

Wet weather has caused many farm managers to worry about nitrogen losses in their fields, especially in fields... Read More


Best Management Practices for Environmental Systems

May 25, 2011

Steps to take after heavy rains to prevent further soil loss, erosion, forage loss, and pasture damage.... Read More


UK Equine Initiative Farm and Facilities Expo

May 23, 2011

Hands-on instruction from UK staff, plus equine and farm equipment displays, at 2011 Farm and Facilities Expo.... Read More


Spring Pasture Management Focus of May KENA Dinner Meeting

May 06, 2011

Properly managing pastures and carefully overseeing turnout during the spring months is especially important for horse owners, breeders, and managers. At the May 19 Kentucky Equine Networking Association (KENA) dinner meeting, Ray Smith, PhD, of the ... Read More


Green Farm Makeover

May 01, 2011

Can we as horse owners make a few changes to our horse keeping habits to help lessen our draw on the ecosystem? We can make everyday changes such as recycling and conserving water, but what else can we do to reduce our impact on the environment?... Read More


Ask the Vet LIVE Q&A: Green Horse Keeping Now Available

April 29, 2011

There is no need to start panicking about osteoarthritis (OA) the day your foal's feet hit the ground, but its impact should be considered following every footfall thereafter.... Read More


Green Horse Keeping

April 28, 2011

What environmentally friendly management practices might work for you and your farm? ... Read More


Springtime Means Poison Hemlock Control

April 17, 2011

Controlling poison hemlock growth in early spring could help keep pastures and livestock healthy, according to J.D. Green, PhD, extension weeds specialist with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture. "Poison hemlock i... Read More


Invasive Plant Species' Abundance Similar at Native and Introduced Sites

March 25, 2011

Many land managers know firsthand the damage invasive plant species can do to natural resources, but no one knows exactly why these species are able to outcompete native plants. Invasive species are common throughout the world. A long-held theory ... Read More


Manage Surface Flows

March 18, 2011

Ensure your facility has proper drainage techniques to prevent mud from developing in and around barns and paddocks.... Read More


Readers Wage War on Muddy Pastures

March 08, 2011

More than 460 readers of responded to a poll asking, "How do you manage mud around your barn?"... Read More


Horse Owners Need to Be Wary of Mud

February 27, 2011

Long-term exposure to soggy conditions can lead to cracking, chipping, or splitting of the hoof. Even more dangerous is the development of what's known as white line disease, according to Mark Russell, MS, PhD, instructor-equine, for the University o... Read More


Rejuvenating Horse Pastures with Spring Overseeding

February 24, 2011

Prepare your pastures for those warm, sunny, summer grazing sessions with these rejuvenation and overseeding tips from Ray Smith, PhD, forage extension specialist at the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture... Read More


University of Kentucky Pasture Evaluation Program Enjoys Continued Success

February 23, 2011

The University of Kentucky initiated its Pasture Evaluation Program in 2005, which has since grown along with its number of participants. Sponsored by the UK Equine Initiative, the program began in response to the Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome ... Read More


Morris Animal Foundation Funds Equine Arteritis Virus Study

February 22, 2011

The Morris Animal Foundation (MAF) announced Feb. 2 that it would fund $10,800 for researchers at the University of Kentucky's Gluck Equine Research Center to conduct a genome-wide association study of horses for susceptibility to equine arteritis ... Read More


Understanding Carbohydrates in Equine Diets

February 04, 2011

When it comes to managing the carbohydrates in a horse's diet, knowing the basics of how horses digest food is half the battle. Laurie Lawrence, PhD, an equine nutritionist from the University of Kentucky's Department of Animal and Food Science who ... Read More


Managing Pasture-Associated Laminitis

January 11, 2011

Laminitis is not a modern condition--it has been recognized for well over 2,000 years. The Greek philosopher Aristotle even referred to it around 350 B.C. as 'Barley Disease,' presumably because it was associated even then with excessive grain ... Read More


Weed of the Month: Bush Honeysuckle

December 12, 2010

Bush honeysuckle describes several species of woody honeysuckles found in the eastern half of the United States. Types of bush honeysuckles include Amur honeysuckle, Morrow's honeysuckle, and Tartarian honeysuckle.... Read More


Australian Horse Deaths Under Investigation

December 05, 2010

According to a news story originally posted by British magazine Horse and Hound, the deaths of 40 horses--which occurred between March and June--residing on five different farms in Queensland, Australia, remain under investigation.... Read More


Toxin Topic: Johnsongrass Poisoning in Horses

November 22, 2010

The drought that has affected many regions of Kentucky and the surrounding area this year has some horse owners worried about Johnsongrass poisoning. Johnsongrass (Sorghum halepense) is a drought-tolerant noxious weed that can infiltrate pastures ...... Read More


Winter Pasture Management

November 14, 2010

Horse pastures often are abused by the stress of winter, especially following a drought. ... Read More


Fall Pasture Improvements

October 12, 2010

Fall is a good time to take stock of the quality of horse pastures. The weeds that were most prevalent and uncontrolled during the summer will now be large and producing seeds. Horse pasture managers might not realize that troublesome weeds ... Read More


Pesticide Use on Farms May Be Affected By Federal Legislation

September 05, 2010

The Environmental Protection Agency is finalizing its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Pesticide General Permit, with plans to implement the regulation in April, 2011. The proposed regulations would affect any applicators who apply pes... Read More