Horse on pasture in Tennessee

​Tennessee is home to more than 40,000 horse farms, and experts say that number is growing. The new UT Equine Extension and Research Center in Spring Hill will help owners with best management practices.

 


SPRING HILL, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture is opening a new facility devoted to horse farm management.  The Equine Extension and Research Center will serve to educate horse owners on horse health and nutrition.  The new center will be located at the Middle Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center in Spring Hill.
 
The Equine Extension and Research Center consists of multiple five-acre pastures where UT specialists will demonstrate ways to reduce the environmental impact of horse farms including rotational grazing, manure management and nutrient management.  Other studies at the facility will focus on improving water quality, nutrition and overall health care.
 
UTIA is inviting the public to tour the new center at an open house on Wednesday, Nov. 7. The open house lasts from 1 – 6 p.m. with guided pasture walks taking place at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.  The event is free.
 
The Middle Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center is located near the intersection of Highway 31 and Saturn Parkway in Spring Hill.  For more information, call 931-486-2129.
 
Tennessee is home to more than 40,000 horse farms, a number that is growing according to UT experts; making the need for research that promotes best horse management practices all the more important. This project is funded by a grant from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture.  Other partners include the Tennessee Equine Hospital and the Tennessee Farmers Cooperative.
 
The Middle Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center is one of 10 research facilities operated by the UT Institute of Agriculture.  In addition to its agricultural research programs, UTIA also provides instruction, research and public service through the UT College of Veterinary Medicine and UT Extension offices in every county in the state.
 
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Contacts:
 
Kevin Thompson, Director, Middle Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center, 931-486-2129, kthomp44@utk.edu
 
Bridgett McIntosh, UT Extension Equine Specialist, 931-486-2777, bmcinto3@utk.edu 
 

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