Pasture management workshop for horse owners scheduled for May 3

Horse owners wanting to learn more about the nutritive value of purchased hay or enhance knowledge of forage production and management can attend an all-day workshop scheduled May 3.

The pasture management workshop will be held at the Pearce Pavilion in College Station.

Drought conditions in Texas have made hay short in supply and stressed pasture conditions, said Dr. Larry Redmon, Texas Cooperative Extension state forage specialist, who will be one of the program speakers.

"Many horse owners are faced with pastures that require significant care due to continuing drought conditions across the state," he said. "Horse hay is currently in short supply, with quality and safety being primary concerns."

The workshop will cover such topics as horse pastures, production, selection and feeding of various hay and processed roughages.

Other topics will include fertilization, weed management and toxic plants.

Materials addressing horse theft and prevention also will be available, Redmon said.

Advance registration is $100 and includes morning snacks, refreshments and lunch. Attendees will also receive a cap available only to workshop participants.

For registration information and more about the workshop, contact Redmon at 979-845-4826 or [email protected].

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