Equine Farm and Facilities Expo Provided Hands-On Experience

More than 250 farm owners, managers, and Kentucky residents attended the Equine Farm and Facilities Expo hosted by the University of Kentucky Equine Initiative June 1 at Spy Coast Farm in Lexington.

The expo gave attendees the opportunity to view a wide range of farm equipment and supplies appropriate for small- to mid-sized operations. UK specialists provided hands-on instruction for spraying, seeding, fencing, and mowing pastures.

Featured demonstrations included weed control basics, mowing and dragging small pastures, seeding and overseeding pastures, and fencing and water systems for rotational grazing. Twenty-two equipment companies also participated.

"The successful Equine Expo showed that horse farm owners in Central Kentucky have a strong interest in improving their pastures," said Ray Smith, MS, PhD, associate professor and forage extension specialist at the University of Kentucky.

According to Smith, participants were given practical tips on a range of topics including overseeding pastures, using ATV-mounted sprayer systems, setting up temporary fences, and when and how to mow and drag a field to promote new growth.

Farm owners and managers were also able to see and try out equipment that best suited their operations.

"The event was well-attended, and everyone appreciated the vendors and what they brought for people to see and learn about. The support from Spy Coast Farm for allowing the event to be held on their property was also greatly appreciated," said Robert Coleman, PhD, associate director for undergraduate education in equine science and management and extension horse specialist.

Equipment companies present at the expo included Allied Seed LLC, Bevin's Motor, Brumfield Hay & Grain, Caudill Seed Company, Central Equipment, Hallway Feeds, John Deere/NTRA, Kentucky Horse Council, Lucas Equine Equipment Inc., McCauley Bros Inc., North Side Equipment, Sherwood Acres LLC, Southern States, The Pond Lady, Thompson & Shearer Farm Supply, Tractor Supply, and Walnut Knoll Farm & Supply.

Alexandra Harper is an equine communications intern and a recent graduate in communication.

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