Recent News for Pastures

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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

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Toxin Topic: Johnsongrass Poisoning in Horses

November 22, 2010

The drought that has affected many regions of Kentucky and the surrounding area this year has some horse owners worried about Johnsongrass poisoning. Johnsongrass (Sorghum halepense) is a drought-tolerant noxious weed that can infiltrate pastures ...... Read More

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Winter Pasture Management

November 14, 2010

Horse pastures often are abused by the stress of winter, especially following a drought. ... Read More

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Weed of the Month: Curly Dock

October 15, 2010

Curly dock is a stout, deep-rooted simple perennial and generally stands two to four feet at maturity, depending on the site. This weed is found throughout the United States and grows well in alfalfa, disturbed sites, cultivated fields, ditches, and ... Read More

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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

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Weed of the Month: Horsenettle

September 17, 2010

Horsenettle is distributed widely across most of the United States, especially in the eastern half and the western coastal states. This relatively low-growing perennial is easily recognized by its erect to spreading growth habit. The stems and leaves... Read More

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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

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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

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Farm Safety Tips

September 01, 2010

How do you create the safest possible environment for your horses? First, remember you get what you pay for. When you equip your farm or pay board for your horse's living arrangements, investing in farm safety procedures can save a lot of expense... Read More

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Weed of the Month: Goosegrass

June 24, 2010

Goosegrass is a warm-season grass that germinates and emerges in spring and grows throughout the summer until the first killing frost. Goosegrass usually produces a prostrate rosette-like growth that is formed from flattened stems almost parall... Read More

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Collagen Shown More Effective for Arthritic Horses

May 26, 2010

Type II collagen might be more effective than glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate for arthritic horses.... Read More

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Weed of the Month: Buttercup

May 21, 2010

Buttercup is the common name for several Ranunculus species distributed across much of the United States. Smallflower buttercup (Ranunculus abortivus), bulbous buttercup (Ranunculus bulbosus), tall buttercup (Ranunculus acris), and creeping buttercup... Read More

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Summer Pastures: Easy Steps to Proper Fertilization

May 10, 2010

Hay producers who pay close attention to soil fertility fundamentals are better prepared to meet desired forage production and nutritive value with their fields. This management tool is especially important with introduced forages. ... Read More

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Spring Green: Sprucing Up Your Pastures

May 06, 2010

Picture the perfect horse farm in your mind, and you probably envision contented horses grazing velvety green fields that roll away in every direction. When you visit an actual horse pasture, however, reality often includes manure piles surroun... Read More

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Horses' Grass Choices Depend on Nutritional Value

May 04, 2010

Give your horse two choices: tall grass or low grass. Which one will he choose?

That answer depends a lot on the quality and nutritional composition of the grass, according to a new study by French researchers.

Although ho... Read More