NDSU Extension to hold equine workshops

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Hands-on pasture weed identification and deworming protocols are among the topics that will be covered at this year’s North Dakota State University Extension Service Equine Encounters workshops.

“This workshop is for all horse owners, both youth and adults, who want to learn about pasture management, manure management and general health recommendations for their animals,” says Mary Berg, area Extension livestock environmental management specialist at the Carrington Research Extension Center.

The dates and locations of the workshops and the Extension agent to contact to register are:

• May 25, North Central Research Extension Center near Minot; Paige Brummund, 701-857-6444 or paige.f.brummund@ndsu.edu

• June 6, Jubilee Equine, Horace; Kelcey Hoffmann, 701-241-5700 or kelcey.hoffmann@ndsu.edu

• June 7, Dickinson State University Ag Building, Dickinson; Kurt Froelich, 701-456-7665

• June 8, departing from the Flying J in Mandan; Jackie Buckley, 701-667-3340 or jackie.buckley@ndsu.edu

Registration and supper will start at 5:30 p.m. local time and the program will begin at 6 p.m. The fee is $5 per person and will be collected at the door.

Other topics for this year’s workshops are:

• Pasture management.

• Demonstrations of composting manure and mortalities.

• Seasonal vaccination program.

• Biosecurity or reproductive considerations (depending on location).

Attendees of the 2015 Equine Encounters workshops said the programs were very informative and enjoyable, and they would recommend these workshops to others. Ninety-eight percent said they would attend again. Last year’s attendees also reported that they:

• Started composting manure.

• Correctly identified weeds in their pastures.

• Became aware of plant growth cycles and grazed at optimal times.

• Implemented stricter biosecurity in their barn.

The Equine Encounters workshops will be held outdoors, so attendees should wear proper footwear and insect repellent. Preregistration is appreciated for food preparations.

For more information, contact Berg at 701-652-2951 or mary.berg@ndsu.edu.