The University of Maryland operates a Rotational Grazing Demonstration Farm at its Central Maryland Research and Education Center in Ellicott City. Visit the demonstration farm's website to learn about grazing facility design, grazing research being conducted, and educational events being hosted at the farm.
General Pasture Management
Seeding and Renovation
Heavy Use Areas
Pasture Facility Considerations
Estimating Pasture Vegetative Cover
Want to use the form mentioned in this video? It is included as the last page of this publication.
How to Take a Soil Sample
A list of soil testing laboratories as referenced in this video is available here.
Shannon Dill, Extension Educator
University of Maryland Extension - Talbot County
Being able to keep your horses at home may be a dream come true, but it is a much sweeter dream when proper thought and planning has been put into facility and pasture needs. Topics include facility considerations, maintaining pastures and designing a rotational grazing system. Have your pastures looking great for this summer!
Click the green button to get started with this online program. There is a bit of a learning curve; once you get the hang of WSS, you can look up extensive information about the soils on your property.
Who Else Can Help?
The soil conservation districts of Maryland provide landowners and residents with technical assistance in implementing soil and water conservation practices on their properties.
Maryland Department of Agriculture Regional Equine Specialists
MDA Regional Equine Specialists assist Maryland horse farm owners and operators in addressing pasture and manure issues by providing technical assistance specific to horse properties. They also help farm owners learn about and sign up for cost-share programs that help them reduce the cost of implementing conservation practices. Their services are free and widely valued by the horse industry.
Anne Arundel & Prince George’s Counties
301-574-5162 ext. 3
Baltimore, Carroll & Harford Counties
410-666-1188 ext. 3
Carroll, Frederick & Howard Counties
Calvert, Charles & St. Mary’s Counties
301-475-8402 ext. 115