Equine Educational Sessions Slated for MSU Ag Expo

Education has always been at the heart of the annual Michigan State University (MSU) Ag Expo. Whether it's a seed dealer explaining the features of a new hybrid to growers, a manufacturing company representative demonstrating the options available on a new tractor, or an MSU researcher discussing the benefits of a new management practice, everyone is on site to help attendees learn.

Ag Expo 2011 is no different, and in fact, there might be more opportunities for learning than ever before. This year's show features a wealth of presentations, discussions, and demonstrations aimed at everyone from livestock producers to field crop growers, parents, gardeners, and high school students who are considering college.

The Ag Expo runs from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., July 19-20, and 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., July 21. Admission to the grounds and parking at Farm Lane and Mt. Hope Road on the MSU Campus in East Lansing are free.

The following equine demonstrations and education sessions are slated:

Temporary fencing techniques and rotational grazing: This hands-on session will provide opportunities to set up and troubleshoot temporary fencing for horses, and to learn more about rotational grazing as a means of improving pasture quality and efficiency. MSU Extension educators Tom Guthrie and Dave Stroud will present this session at 10 a.m., July 19-21, at the Equine Demo Area.

Hoof hearted? Learn the basics of horse health and management: For horse owners of all ages, this session will include hands-on opportunities to evaluate equine vital signs and body condition scores, and to learn more about current health and management topics affecting equine owners. Discussion will also include parasite resistance issues. Judy Marteniuk, DVM, MS, associate professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine, will present this session at noon, July 19-21, at the Equine Demo Area.

Hay is for horses - but what's the best kind? Any kindergartener can tell you that hay is for horses, but all hay is not created equal. We'll display and discuss examples of good and poor quality equine hay as well as plants toxic to horses. Karen Waite, MS, MSU Extension specialist in the Department of Animal Science, will present this session at 2 p.m., July 19-21, in the Equine Demo Area.

For more information about the Ag Expo, call 800/366-7055, or visit www.agexpo.msu.edu.

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