Pasture and Forages
August 25, 2008
Due to last year's drought and recent dry conditions in parts of Minnesota, the state's Extension service is again warning horse owners that hoary alyssum could become a problem for their animals. Hoary alyssum is a perennial weed... Read More
August 17, 2008
A lack of plain beet pulp in several East Coast feed stores is fueling some speculation that a shortage could be in the works.
Beet pulp is a byproduct from the process of extracting simple sugars from sugar beets for the manufacture of... Read More
August 15, 2008
Experts at the 2007 AAEP Convention discussed multiple topics related to equine digestive health.... Read More
August 01, 2008
The Maryland Department of Agriculture's Maryland Horse Industry Board today released the Mid-Atlantic Animal Import Center Feasibility Study, which identified the Midfield Cargo Complex of the Thurgood Marshall Baltimore Washington Internationa... Read More
August 01, 2008
It seems like we've spent a lot of time talking about hay in the past year, but for owners of an animal that should consume 1-2% of its body weight each day in forage (grass, hay, or as part of a "complete" diet), this is becoming a critical and... Read More
July 20, 2008
Research groups reported their findings of the impact of seasonal variations for pituitary glad dysfunction.... Read More
July 17, 2008
With cases reported already this year, horse owners are being cautioned about a toxic plant that flourishes during drought and in overgrazed conditions.
July 03, 2008
In our effort to 'cover all the bases,' many of us feel we have to supplement with fortified grains in an effort to feel secure that we are providing enough vitamins, minerals and protein in our horses diet. Grain may present an unnecessary amount... Read More
June 19, 2008
Almost 1,300 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "Are you having problems getting hay?"
June 07, 2008
Aggressive research efforts by Belgian veterinarians have culminated in the identification of numerous indicators or factors--including horse management and pasture characteristics--associated with atypical myopathy, a rapidly developing and fatal di... Read More
May 13, 2008
Drought conditions in parts of western North Dakota have some livestock producers in need of additional forage. Farmers and ranchers who have forage for sale can list it on a North Dakota State University (NDSU) database designed to help feed... Read More
May 01, 2008
Horses evolved to eat a lot of fiber, spending up to 17 hours a day grazing various forage plants. But not all fiber is created equal, especially when it comes to hay.
Hay carries a few challenges compared to living forages. One, compared t... Read More
April 22, 2008
The USDA has released several crop reports that indicate the number of hay acres will be down in 2008.
The department also reported that the existing hay supply is lower than previous years. This information, combined with higher input cost... Read More
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
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
March 11, 2008
When grasses start greening up in the spring, you might be tempted to turn your horse loose in the pasture to chow down on the new grass.
But be aware that any sudden change in your horse's diet could cause health problems, said Steve Jones... Read More
January 11, 2008
Whether it is the result of weather conditions making forage scarce or prohibitively expensive, or if there's some other reason, there could come a time when horse owners need to consider alternative sources of forage. Equine nutritionists say that... Read More
November 02, 2007
An Ethiopian summer annual grass called teff could be a valuable asset to growers, according to a crop specialist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Marvin Hall, MS, PhD, professor of forage management, said he is optimistic tha... Read More
October 21, 2007
After a long, dry summer that left pastures scant and dusty and hay production plunging, drought conditions across the United States show no signs of letting up. And neither do the challenges facing horses and their owners.
According t... Read More
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
September 23, 2007
As if hay scarcity and high prices aren’t enough, experts are warning horse owners that imported hay could also hide horse health dangers including seriously low amounts of essential vitamins such as A and E, excessive amounts of selenium, and... Read More
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
September 06, 2007
When the time came for Jamie Clifton to stockpile horse feed for the winter at Volunteer Equine Advocates, she found grain prices up and hay expensive and in tight supply. Now, she said, she's wondering how high horse feed commodity prices can... Read More
September 02, 2007
Most forage crops perform best when soils have adequate, but not excessive, soil moisture. Standing water, flowing water and waterlogged soils following heavy summer rainstorms or extended periods of higher-than-normal rainfall patterns all can... Read More
August 02, 2007
Oats, traditionally grown in the spring as a grain crop, can also be planted in the summer as a late season forage, providing a feed alternative for horse owners and livestock producers short on hay or pasture.
Based on five years of Ohio... Read More
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Q. Should I look for hay that comes from a fertilized or unfertilized field? In what ways would the nutrition be affected? Does fertilizing the field increase the protein content of the hay? What are appropriate questions to ask regarding the hay?