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UK Ag Equine Program Hosts Two June Equine Field Days

University of Kentucky Ag Equine Programs hosted the 6th annual Equine Farm and Facilities Expo June 3 at the Kentucky Equine Humane Center.

Photo: University of Kentucky's College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment

Sixth Annual Equine Farm and Facilities Expo

University of Kentucky Ag Equine Programs hosted the 6th annual Equine Farm and Facilities Expo June 3 at the Kentucky Equine Humane Center, in Nicholasville, Kentucky. Approximately 150 people attended the event for horse owners.

Field demonstrations covered topics such as sampling techniques for soil fertility and hay quality, equine digestion, practical parasite control, and fencing possibilities. UK specialists included Ray Smith, PhD, professor and forage extension specialist in plant and soil sciences; Martin Nielsen, DVM, PhD, EVPC, assistant professor in veterinary science at the Gluck Equine Research Center; and Bob Coleman, PhD, PAS, associate professor and extension horse specialist in animal and food sciences. Jeremy McGill, territory manager for Gallagher Animal Management Systems, and Amy Parker, MS, of McCauley Bros Inc., also participated in field demonstrations.

Attendees had the opportunity to learn about some equine bones.

Photo: University of Kentucky's College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment

Other educational highlights included weed identification and control, nutrition, pasture management, equine bones, veterinary diagnostic laboratory work, and farm safety.

Event sponsors included Central Equipment and McCauley Bros Inc. Other event supporters included Central Kentucky Ag Credit, Creech Services Inc., Farm Credit Services, Kentucky Bank, Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners & Breeders Inc., NTRA Advantage, and The Pond Lady.

The Kentucky Equine Humane Center hosted the event at its 70-acre farm. The center is a safe haven for equines in need from all breeds and backgrounds.

UK and Murray State Host Second Western Kentucky Equine Farm and Facilities Expo

University of Kentucky Ag Equine Programs and Murray State University co-hosted a second Western Kentucky Equine Farm and Facilities expo June 5 in Murray, Kentucky. The free event was held at Murray State’s Equine Center and was open to the public. The expo highlighted informational demonstrations designed to offer real-world applications.

The BioBurner is a system that utilizes plant and crop feedstock or waste, as well as horse manure, to produce heat.

Photo: University of Kentucky's College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment

Approximately 70 people attended the expo to see the latest horse management techniques. Attendees viewed demos about pasture establishment, parasite control, pasture fencing, and weed control. The event also featured Murray State’s Bio-Burner technology, a heating system that utilizes plant and crop feedstock or waste, as well as horse manure, to produce heating in Murray’s equine center.

Coleman co-demonstrated pasture fencing with McGill.

“The audience was very engaged, and asked great questions,” said Coleman. “It was great having a crowd so passionate about the equine industry. I also found out how much you can learn from other people’s questions. The expo was a great opportunity to find out what the public is really interested in.”

The event will return to Murray for a third year in June 2015.

UK Ag Equine Programs communications interns Jackson Wells, an undergraduate majoring in equine science and management, and Hannah Forte, an undergraduate majoring in community and leadership development, provided this information.


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