Recent News for Pastures


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


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


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


Hay and Pasture Insurance Expands to all of New York in 2011

September 01, 2010

New York State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker announced Wednesday that USDA Risk Management Agency is expanding crop insurance coverage statewide for hay and pasture in the 2011 growing season. Last year, USDA had a pilot program for h... Read More


Farm Safety Tips

September 01, 2010

How do you create the safest possible environment for your horses? ... Read More


Multi-Species Grazing: Horses and Cows and Goats, Oh My!

September 01, 2010

A handful of horses graze in a pasture one week; a herd of goats mow down its bushes and weeds the next. This multi-species rotational grazing system has its advantages, but whether they outweigh the disadvantages will depend on your situation... Read More


Overseeding Horse Pastures in Central Kentucky

August 20, 2010

Overseeding horse pastures is a pasture management practice that helps ensure good ground cover, quality grazing, and an aesthetically pleasing pasture in the coming year without major pasture renovations. Overseeding consists of pla... Read More


Weed of the Month: Tall Ironweed

August 19, 2010

Tall ironweed is distributed widely across the eastern half of the United States and is found in low damp areas of pastures and roadsides. This tall, upright plant can approach 10 feet under optimum growing conditions but more commonly grows to about... Read More


Study: MADD Likely Caused by Fungus on Maple Leaves

August 17, 2010

After investigating the deaths of 14 horses that had grazed on pastures near maple leaves, a Dutch research team suggested the fungus responsible for European tar spot that covers the maple leaves causes the deadly disease "MADD."... Read More


Horse in New Jersey Rescued from Drainage Canal

August 13, 2010

How many people and pieces of equipment does it take to extricate a 1,400-pound Trakehner mare from a 4-foot-deep ditch? On Aug. 11 New Jersey residents discovered it could take three different fire departments, plus shovels, a backhoe, straps,... Read More


A Sticky Situation: Getting Tar Off Your Horse

August 01, 2010

I painted some boards with tar rather than black paint. Of course my bay and white Pinto mare got some in her ... Read More


University of Maryland Hosting Pasture Weed Educational Event

July 22, 2010

The University of Maryland's Equine Studies Program is hosting its third Pasture Walk at the Equine Rotational Grazing Demonstration site on Aug. 12 from 6-8 p.m. EDT.... Read More


Weed of the Month: Common Cocklebur

July 19, 2010

Common cocklebur is distributed widely across the United States and occurs in pastures and cultivated crops. Infestations in pastures are usually more of a problem during periods of drought or due to overgrazing and most frequently occur in field mar... Read More


Benefits of Multi-Species Grazing Can be Maximized

July 05, 2010

Multi-species grazing has several benefits that favor both fields and animals, according to Jodie Pennington, PhD, small ruminant educator with Lincoln University Extension in Missouri. Multi-species grazing is the practice of using t... Read More


Mediterranean Tall Fescue/Endophyte Combination Might Be Fatal to Horses

June 30, 2010

A new, potentially fatal syndrome in horses called equine fescue edema has been reported by Australian scientists in the Australian Veterinary Journal. The researchers noted that all affected horses in the study were grazing pastures sown with...... Read More