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New Information Helps Horse Owners

By Aces Staff
May 1, 2003

April 25, 2003

Four universities collaborated to produce a new, CD-based resource called “Pastures for Horses: A Guide to Rotational Grazing.” Created by equine specialists at the Universities of Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota, it addresses every aspect of pasture management to lower costs and maximize the nutritional value of forages for horses.

“Because a number of experts from crop science, animal science and veterinary medicine pooled their efforts, the user of this CD gets authoritative information on all key components of establishing and managing a healthy, cost-efficient environment for horses,” said Kevin Kline, U of I Extension equine specialist. “Horse owners will make the right decisions about seeding, maintaining and rotating their land for maximum benefit to their animals.

“What’s great about the CD is that all this information is in one convenient spot -- no searching through periodicals, textbooks or websites for less complete information,” he said.

“Pastures for Horses” features sections that help horse owners: * Save money and time by dramatically increasing forage amounts and improving forage quality, even in small areas * Decrease negative environmental impact for animals and humans by reducing erosion and runoff * Raise healthier horses in a natural setting that encourages exercise and lowers the risk of health-related problems Features include

The CD includes state-specific recommendations, Excel worksheets that calculate pasture acreage and convert metric measurements to English, and a weed management section that includes a weed ID key with a handy guide to poisonous plants and a discussion of chemical-free management options.

To order, call 1-800-345-6087 and request C1387-CD, or order online at “Pastures for Horses: A Guide to Rotational Grazing” sells for $58.00, plus shipping. Credit cards accepted.