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University Of Kentucky To Host Continuing Education Course For Horse Owners

University of Kentucky Ag Equine Programs will host the 8th Annual UK Equine Showcase in conjunction with an Equine Vet Continuing Education session (formerly known as the Kentucky Breeders’ Short Course) Jan. 25-26. The double-header event, which has been running for the past 10 years, was reformatted to better provide equine research information to UK’s […]

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Pasture Renovations Make Big Difference For Central Kentucky Farm

Last year Central Kentucky’s Mill Ridge Farm was dealing with foaling problems, including lack of milk production in their mares and dystocias. ¬†Upon the guidance of veterinarian Dr. Stuart Brown, II, the farm enlisted the help of University of Kentucky’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environment’s Pasture Evaluation Program. UK forage extension specialist Jimmy Henning […]

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Easy Ways To Create Healthier Pastures

There are simple measures farm managers and horsemen can take to encourage their pastures to grow lush and resilient. This year, for example, was unusually wet, with significantly higher amounts of rainfall and snowfall. Often, increased moisture leads to sloppy, muddy pastures, which are less than ideal for sprouting thick grass. According to a report […]

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Oh, Mow: Maintaining Pasture Grasses Can Reduce Risk Of Laminitis

Excess consumption of the non-structural carbohydrates (NSCs) found in cool-season pasture grasses has been linked to laminitis in horses. Farm owners can reduce the risk of insulin resistance and laminitis in horses by mowing their fields regularly, researchers from North Carolina State University have discovered, according to¬†HorseTalk. While the exact mechanism of laminitis is unknown, […]

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New Non-Toxic Tall Fescue Variety Developed By University Of Kentucky

University of Kentucky plant breeder Tim Phillips has developed a new tall fescue variety that is nontoxic to grazing animals. The variety, Lacefield MaxQ II, is the result of selections Phillips, a member of the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, made from endophyte-free Kentucky 31 and related lines. Phillips named the variety for […]

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How big a danger is fescue to pregnant mares?

Fescue, a hardy grass that thrives in horse pastures despite heavy hoof traffic, grazing and adverse growing conditions, is oftentimes infected with Acremonium coenophialum. This endophyte can cause a legion of problems in broodmares and has become a danger to pregnant mares.

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