Recent News for Pastures

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Invasive Foreign Grass Ups Southeastern Wildfire Fears

April 28, 2008

Cogon grass can seem harmless--even beautiful--but forestry experts in South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and Alabama warn it's a killer.

The invasive weed already has infested more than one million acres nationwide and experts say the... Read More

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Kentucky Horse Pasture Evaluation Program Available

April 17, 2008

Optimal use of horse pastures has always been important. As news of the high price and limited supply of hay continues to worry horse owners, the health of horse pastures becomes ever more critical.

Consulting with forage experts might be... Read More

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Investigating Horse Poisoning

April 13, 2008

When an owner suspects that a horse might have eaten something poisonous, the veterinarian is generally the first person he or she calls. In addition to treating any health problems, that veterinarian is uniquely suited to investigate the cause... Read More

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MRLS: Tent Caterpillars Hatch in Central Kentucky

April 11, 2008

Experts have reported that Eastern tent caterpillars are developing normally this spring and have just completed the egg hatch stage. Controlling the caterpillars is vital to area horse farms, as University of Kentucky research has strongly linked... Read More

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Pumping Up Unproductive Pastures

April 11, 2008

Ohio State University Extension educator Rory Lewandowski recently offered a variety of management strategies to help producers ease back into productive forages this spring.

"Between last year's drought that led to overgrazing of pastures... Read More

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Fire Ants and Horses

April 08, 2008

Fire ants deliver a simultaneous bite and sting that are very painful and give them their infamous name. The threat of fire ants to healthy, ambulatory adult animals is fairly minimal. However, fire ants can be a significant threat to recumbent... Read More

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Clearing Sand From the Gut

April 03, 2008

Sand colic due to an accumulation of sand in the intestines accounts for up to 30% of all colics, often causing weight loss and chronic diarrhea. Psyllium has often been recommended as a laxative for clearing sand out of the intestines, although... Read More

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Fencing on the Rocks

April 01, 2008

Over, around, or through, when your fencing runs into rock, there is a variety of choices to solve the problem... Read More

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Laminitis and Controlling Spring Pasture Access

March 31, 2008

Equine veterinarians have known for years that some horses can handle the spring grass, while others will become ill and develop laminitis, a painful disease process in which the hoof wall separates from its attachments in the foot.... Read More

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'Soil Minerals: The Basis of Nutrition' PowerPoint Lecture Available

October 16, 2007

Authored and narrated by Kathryn Watts, BS, a Power Point lecture on CD entitled "Soil Minerals: The Basis of Nutrition" is now available for horse owners interested in equine health and hoof care. The science behind mineral nutrition in grass and ha... Read More

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Autumn Tips for Healthy Spring Pastures

September 12, 2007

From the three years of pastureland study done by the UK forage extension team, some common trends have emerged. One trend should trouble area farms because it directly limits the number of horses that can be supported on area pastures. Currently,... Read More

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British Group Calling for Pulling Parties to Remove Toxic Weed

September 06, 2007

The British Horse Society (BHS) has placed a call for volunteers to organize ragwort-pulling parties during its Ragwort Awareness Week to remove the deadly weed where it is growing on, and near to, grazing land. The second BHS... Read More

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Toxic Weed Hoary Alyssum Found in Drought-Affected Pastures

August 24, 2007

The 2007 growing season's drought conditions are causing challenges for anyone who handles plants or animals. Horse owners are no exception, and to a list of concerns including a shortage of hay and lack of pasture growth they need to add... Read More

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Fencing for Pastures

April 01, 2007

What is the correct fencing for your farm? The correct answer is: it depends. It would be wonderful if there existed one type of Good Horse Fencing that we could all install and be done. While there is unacceptable fencing for horses, there is no... Read More

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Eating Trees

April 01, 2007

Is there anything I can do to stop the horses from eating the bark off of my trees? ... Read More

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BHS Supporting Efforts to Eliminate Toxic Weed

March 23, 2007

The BHS is launching the first part of their 2007 Ragwort Awareness Campaign, urging all concerned parties to get pulling to prevent the spread of Ragwort.

They will once again be holding two Ragwort Awareness Weeks; April 2-8 and... Read More

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Kentucky Authority Wants Equine Medical Director

February 20, 2007

The Kentucky Horse Racing Authority has on its wish list the position of equine medical director, funding for which would come from the Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council.

The KHRA discussed the position during its Feb. 20 meeting... Read More

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Do Horses Spread Non-Native Plants on Trails?

February 11, 2007

Can seeds moved by horses cause nonnative plant species to spread along trails and into parks and forests?... Read More

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Keep Horses Healthy in Mud Season

January 11, 2007

Winter brings rain. And rain brings mud, especially if you have horses on a small acreage.... Read More

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New Publication Rates Trees by Susceptibility to Ice Storm Damage

December 22, 2006

A unique publication tells city planners and homeowners just how susceptible certain tree species are to ice storm damage--a handy guide in the wake of late November's ice storms in Illinois.

The publication, developed by the University of... Read More

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Rutgers Reminds Riders and Motorists to Follow the Rules of the Road

June 27, 2006

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Pasture and Fencing

June 01, 2006

It's worth the time and expense to establish productive and nutritious pasture, then maintain it. And if you maintain your pasture, you'll want to keep your horses secure with a safe fencing system.

The following are tips on management of your... Read More

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Pasture Makeover

May 01, 2006

As the snow recedes and green starts to reappear in your pastures, do you see bare spots, or areas with too many weeds? Has your grass production diminished to the point that what used to be your main source of forage now is only a playground?... Read More

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Ridin' Fence

May 01, 2006

There are many options available today for horse owners when installing or redoing pen and pasture fencing. The first thought should be the safety of the horses. Sometimes a fencing makeover will mean tearing out all of the old fence and... Read More

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Water Makeovers on the Farm

May 01, 2006

There are many things to consider when supplying water for horses. If you depend on a stream, pond, or ditch (rather than a controlled system such as buckets, tanks, or automatic waterers), there could be concerns regarding water quality (for your ... Read More