UGA Forage Extension Team

Research Update: Evaluating Glucose and Insulin Levels in Grazing Horses

From the January 2019 Issue of the University of Minnesota Extension – Horse Newsletter….

Research Update: Evaluating Glucose and Insulin Levels in Grazing Horses

Forage is a primary part of the horse’s diet and is often fed in the form of cool-season grasses, legumes or warm-season grasses. These forage types differ widely in their nutritional content. Two main differences are the nonstructural carbohydrates (NSC) and fiber content. Therefore, the goal of this research, conducted at the University of Minnesota, was to explore the nutrient values of the forages and their effects on horses.
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Choosing Alternative Feedstuffs – For Horses

From the January 2019 Issue of the University of Minnesota Extension – Horse Newsletter….

CHOOSING ALTERNATIVE FEEDSTUFFS

By: Marcia Hathaway, PhD, University of Minnesota

Horse owners may be exploring alternative feedstuffs due to high hay costs, poor quality hay, and/or challenges associated with finding sufficient quantities of hay. When possible, quality hay should make up a large portion of a horse’s diet. However, the following alternatives can replace hay, in partial or in whole, when needed. Always consider the pros and cons when selecting an appropriate alternative feedstuff, and before feeding, consult your an equine nutritionist and/or veterinarian.

 
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Be a good hay shopper

By Charlotte Meeks Houston County CEA When shopping for a new truck, you don’t buy just because the salesman says it’s a good deal. Most shoppers do their research, looking at body style, fuel mileage, towing capabilities, included options and a vehicle history. Shopping for hay should also be carefully…
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Should I burn my hayfield?

By Jeremy Kichler Colquitt County CEC Every year county agents get questions from producers concerning if they should burn their Bermuda grass hayfields. There are several benefits to burning your hayfield. Burning can help producers manage thatch in their stands. If the thatch layer becomes too thick over time then…
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Taking a good forage sample

By Ray Hicks Screven County CEC Forages are the basis of most of our livestock enterprises. Moreover, the nutritional make up of that forage should be the foundation of a balanced diet for our livestock but many times this is took for granted. Many factors (e.g. variety, maturity, growing conditions,…
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Managing tall fescue toxicosis

By Adam Speir Madison County CEC Tall Fescue is a forage workhorse for livestock producers from north Georgia to New England. It is a cool-season perennial grass that is tolerant of many conditions, covers more than 1 million acres north of the Fall Line, and supplements bermudagrass pastures for many livestock producers from…
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Thankful for Great Mentors

In this season of thankfulness, I am most grateful for my God, my family, and my country. Most of us are. Still, I would like to pay special homage to some great mentors that I have had. I have been blessed with many, many mentors. So many have been influential…
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Cool-season wildlife food plots

By Jeremy Kichler Colquitt County CEC Winter annual crops can make excellent food plots for wildlife. Cool season grasses include wheat, oats, rye, and triticale.   Clovers can be planted in food plots in order to attract insects and produce seed for birds. Soil Sample One of the first things wildlife…
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