University of Kentucky (UK) Cooperative Extension Service agents in Bourbon, Clark, Fayette, Jefferson, Jessamine, Scott, and Woodford counties are again teaming up with UK Ag Equine Programs to host their annual "Pastures Please!" meeting for horse owners and farm managers interested in the latest horse pasture management information. The event will be held Jan. 31 at 6 p.m. at the Clark County Extension Office at 1400 Fortune Drive in Winchester. The meeting is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.

"We are pleased to offer our upcoming 5th annual equine 'Pastures Please!' program, this year in Clark County," said Ray Smith, PhD, professor and forage extension specialist at UK. "This has been one of the most popular pasture management programs the Extension Service and College of Agriculture hold each winter. Attendees will hear important management practices they can use to improve their horse pastures. This year's program will focus on practical advice on pasture weed control, reducing parasite loads, and when to fertilize horse pastures in Kentucky."

Attendees will also be given an update about the 2012 Kentucky Equine Survey.

"This program provides something for every horse owner," said Adam Probst, Woodford County Extension Agent and one of the event's key organizers. "The planning committee each year aims to deliver timely and practical information."

"With the current economic situation in the horse industry, it is extremely important to find ways to improve the bottom line," said Ed Squires, , PhD, Dipl. ACT (hon.), director of UK Ag Equine Programs and executive director of the UK Gluck Equine Research Foundation. "This may include how to get the most out of your pastures. This seminar is sure to provide great tips for pasture management, weed control, and horse management."

Those interested in attending should RSVP through their local county extension agent or the Clark County Extension Office at 859/744-4682, as well as contact UK Ag Equine Programs at 859/257-2226.

Pastures Please is sponsored by the UK Cooperative Extension Service and University of Kentucky's Ag Equine Programs.

Holly Wiemers, MA, is communications director for UK's Ag Equine Programs.

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