​Two Events to Present Forage and Nutrition Information for Horse Owners and Business Operators

Forage for Horses for UT's Oh, Hay Field Day

Various forages for horses will be discussed at two hay field days conducted by University of Tennessee Extension in September 2016. For more information visit the website UTHorse.com. Image of alfalfa variety trial at the UT AgResearch and Education Center at Greeneville by D. McIntosh, courtesy UTIA. Download image.

Ever wonder what you are feeding your horse every time you throw a flake of hay? The University of Tennessee Equine Extension Program invites all horse owners, horse farm owners or operators, horse industry members, trainers and anyone with an interest in horses to two events that will cater specifically to their information needs. The “Oh, Hay” field days are scheduled for September 8 and 22 at two separate locations in Tennessee.

At each location, the field day will run from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and the evening will be dedicated to learning about the forages that fuel our horses.

Topics to be covered will include the process of producing hay from the field to your horse’s mouth; factors that affect forage quality, such as species or cultivar of grass, management practices and hard climate conditions like prolonged drought; and information on forage testing and the nutrients provided to the horse from forages. The evening will conclude by addressing physical qualities to look for when selecting hay based on appearance, touch, smell and color.

During the field day there will be opportunities to visit with local county extension agents along with Gary Bates, UT Extension Forage Specialist and Director of the UT Beef and Forage Center, and Jennie Ivey, UT Extension Equine Specialist. There will also be a tradeshow with vendors and industry representatives.

The first event will be September 8, 2016, at UT’s Middle Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center in Spring Hill, Tennessee. A second, duplicate event will be held September 22 in East Tennessee at the UT AgResearch and Education Center at Greeneville. Dinner will be served as part of the event.

This event is free to attend, but reservations are requested for planning purposes. Contact Dr. Jennie Ivey before September 1, 2016, at 865-974-3157, or by email to jzivey@utk.edu to confirm your reservation.

Visit the UT Extension Equine Program’s website UTHorse.com to learn more about available equine educational resources, including publications, and other educational events for horse owners.

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Jennie Ivey, Assistant Professor, Department of Animal Science, 865-974-3157, jzivey@utk.edu