Pastures & Forages

Identification of grasses an forage species, basic pasture management, pasture evaluation and weeds and toxic weeds.

What is the goal of a pasture? Is it an exercise turn-out area or forage to supplement nutrition? A pasture with consistent good management practices can enhance overall horse health, reduce stress for horses, especially if they are able to interact in a "herd" environment, along with reducing feed costs.

A groomed pasture contributes to good neighbor relationships and compliments the environment. A pasture can provide a method to recycle nutrients from dropped manure and also a location to distribute manure and bedding from stalling and dry lot areas.

Information on the different types of pasture grasses and clovers used in Pennsylvania.

Cool-season perennial grasses should be planted in Northeast horse pastures to maximize horse preference, forage persistence and yield.