University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension agents and Ag Equine Programs will host a virtual Pastures Please!! pasture management workshop from 6 to 7:30 p.m. EST on January 26. Horse owners and farm managers will have the opportunity to listen to several expert talks, including information about managing carbohydrates in the equine diet, new herbicides and their effectiveness on weed control and wise investments for pasture management.
“This year’s program is driven by the questions that come into extension and the challenges currently facing horse owners,” said Krista Lea, coordinator of the UK Horse Pasture Evaluation Program and one of the event organizers. “Managing carbohydrates is tough on owners but a common issue in horses today, and there is as much misinformation as there is information. We have several new pasture herbicides on the market that give managers new options, and now, more than ever, farms large and small are having to take a critical look at their expenses and try to save where they can.”
The event is hosted annually by Central Kentucky extension agents. One of those agents, Linda McClanahan from Mercer County, said the information shared is valuable and applicable for horse owners and managers.
“We are excited to once again be offering Pastures Please!!, which allows the Cooperative Extension Service to deliver timely information to our horse farm owners and managers around Central Kentucky and now beyond with the virtual format. Past attendees have indicated Pastures Please!! led to increased profitability through less reliance on feeding hay, decreased weed pressure in pastures and better overall forage management,” she said.
Those interested in participating in this free event can register online at https://UKPasturesPlease.eventbrite.com.
Kentucky Cooperative Extension and UK Ag Equine Programs are part of the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.
— Holly Wiemers, UK College of Agriculture