September 30, 2010
Fall weather brings with it the seasonal chore of buying and storing hay for the winter.... Read More
July 01, 2010
Nutritionists normally recommend horses consume some "long-stem" forage each day. Long-stem forage is best defined as hay or pasture. This recommendation respects the natural desire of horses to graze, as horses are hardwired to spend... Read More
July 01, 2010
Awareness of what your horse is eating can help you determine if his dietary needs are being met and, if not, what can be added to meet those needs. With respect to the nutritional needs of a horse, it is important to know the meaning... Read More
March 12, 2010
Horse owners can nearly halve their hay wastage by selecting the right round bale feeder for their pasture.... Read More
March 12, 2010
Proteins, composed of essential and nonessential amino acids, are important nutrients for horses.... Read More
March 08, 2010
As some recession-weary horse owners struggle to feed their animals, hay banks in some states are helping those most in need.
Hay banks provide owners with enough hay to keep their horses healthy during times of crisis, often up to o... Read More
February 13, 2010
If your horse suffers from chronic respiratory allergies (such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, also called "broken wind" or "heaves"), has dental troubles that make chewing hay difficult, or is very elderly, one of these alternative forms... Read More
February 11, 2010
Much of the assessment of the quality of your hay can be done the old-fashioned way: Break open a bale and scratch n' sniff! Good quality hay should be green rather than yellow or brown. ... Read More
February 05, 2010
The protein content of hay is largely determined when it is cut--the younger the hay, the higher the protein. Hay cut past the mid-bloom stage (when about 50% of the plants have flowered and gone to seed) is a good deal lower in protein content, and ... Read More
February 03, 2010
Law enforcement authorities in Parker County, Texas, hope the offer of a $10,700 cash reward will result in the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the shooting death of a young Quarter Horse last month.
On Jan. 24 ra... Read More
December 01, 2009
Is there a better way to feed hay to horses? There are dozens of hay feeder options, as it turns out, each with its own advantages. Hay feeders are designed to keep hay off the ground and sheltered from the elements to reduce wastage.... Read More
November 19, 2009
Most weeds are not palatable and will be avoided by pasturedÂ livestockÂ if adequate forage is available... Read More
November 05, 2009
Horse owners' selection and preparation of their animals' feed has a greater influence on concentrations of dust and endotoxin in the stable than the type of bedding used, researchers recently reported.... Read More
October 21, 2009
The first frost of the autumn generally brings questions centered around three general topics:
- Suspected toxicity of frosted alfalfa to grazing animals
- Post-frost harvest of last alfalfa cutting
- Toxic prussic acid... Read More
September 23, 2009
Dismal prices, sluggish sales, high production costs, and challenging weather conditions have left alfalfa farmers with little to no profit in 2009, prompting a focus on "Improving Your Odds of Profitability" at this year's Western Alfalfa and... Read More
September 13, 2009
Cool temperatures and abundant rainfall create ideal conditions for forage producers to establish or thicken grass pastures and hayfields.
"The continuous rainfall this summer was very good for forage growth, and soil moisture levels are... Read More
September 01, 2009
Quality forage and grain alternatives can help owners manage horses during drought and economic downturn.... Read More
August 26, 2009
Wet conditions in Kentucky this spring and summer have created an abundance of hay in the state for the upcoming winter feeding season.
The increase in volume is welcome news to many hay and livestock producers who suffered through the... Read More
August 11, 2009
As bales of hay roll in from the fields on the back of farmers' wagons, it's again time to start staking your claim so that your hayloft remains full over the coming winter months. Here are some tips to help you select hay for your horses.... Read More
July 31, 2009
Morris Animal Foundation (MAF) is pleased to announce 35 new companion animal studies available for sponsorship.
MAF will fund more than 200 new, continuing, and veterinary student scholar studies in 2009-2010. These studies are availabl... Read More
July 24, 2009
Experienced agricultural producers in the southern Great Plains know that low wind speeds, high humidity, moist hay, and hot temperatures can be a recipe for disaster. Under such a set of circumstances, tightly stacked hay bales have been... Read More
July 23, 2009
Texas' worst drought in 50 years has burnt up pasture and raised the price of hay, leaving horse rescues to cope with an increase in abandonment and neglect cases as owners struggle to feed their horses.
"The cost of hay is going up, if you... Read More
July 10, 2009
Recent reported crop losses in North Carolina and several other states are linked to certain broad leaf herbicides containing aminopyralid, clopyralid, and picloram, according to researchers. In North Carolina, people with gardens and organic... Read More
June 29, 2009
The new Vetrolin Grooming Guide provides information on techniques for keeping horses clean and healthy. Topics discussed include proper bathing and tail cleaning, cleaning tough stains, managing unruly hair, and protecting the horse’s hair coat... Read More
June 08, 2009
The study group's objectives were to determine if there is a difference in blood glucose and insulin response to feeding hay types with varying water soluble sugar and starch (NSC) content between horses with PSSM and control horses.... Read More
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