Fourth Annual UK Equine Farm and Facilities Expo Scheduled

The University of Kentucky's (UK) Ag Equine Programs will host an Equine Farm and Facilities Expo Thursday, May 31, 2012, from 4-8 p.m. EDT at Margaux Farm LLC. The farm is located at 596 Moores Mill Road in Midway, Ky. Admission is free and a meal will be provided.

"The expo will allow horse owners and horse farm managers to see a range of equipment and supplies that are currently available for horse farms of all sizes," said Ray Smith, PhD, professor and forage extension specialist for the UK College of Agriculture. "Additionally, UK specialists will provide hands-on instruction techniques about practical aspects of management for equine operations.

"The expo also provides horse owners the chance to attend an informative event on the grounds of a premier horse farm. We are appreciative to Margaux Farm for hosting this event and for opening its gates to the public," Smith said.

"This expo really brings together many facets of the industry, from equipment dealers to nutritionists and university specialists, in one place at one time," said Adam Probst, Woodford County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources. "You have the ability to learn about pasture management or nutrition, see the equipment, and witness the results from many of the demonstrations on the farm. There are not many other venues around that allow horse owners this opportunity."

Demonstrations led by UK experts include selecting the right feed, tall fescue, muck management, and herbicides and field renovation options. There will also be a number of informational booths staffed by UK specialists.

To date, corporate sponsors for this year's event include Americas Alfalfas, BASF - The Chemical Company, Central Equipment, McCauley Brothers Feed, Pennington Seed, Southern States, and UK Ag Equine Programs.

Event vendors include Allied Seed LLC, Bevins Motors, Central Kentucky Ag Credit (Lexington and Paris branches), Chrysler at Nicholasville, DOW Chemical Company, Easy Riders Ranch LLC, Farm Credit, Hallway Feeds, Kentucky Thoroughbred Association/Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders, Lucas Equine, The Pond Lady, SAS Global Inc., Tractor Supply Company, and Wildcat Ford.

Margaux Farm LLC is a leading Thoroughbred breeding operation focused on producing sound and durable top-quality racehorses. Margaux Farm stands several stallions, including five-time grade 1 winner Devil His Due.

Contact the Woodford County Extension Office at 859/873-4601 to reserve a spot for the Equine Farm and Facilities Expo. For more information about this and other UK Ag Equine Programs events, visit www.ca.uky.edu/equine or e-mail equine@uky.edu.

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


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