Knowing the percent vegetative cover in each pasture will help you determine whether a pasture requires additional management practices or if it needs to be renovated. Learn how to estimate pasture vegetative cover using the simple and practical step-point method.
Healthy, fertile soil is the basis for successful pasture growth. Annual or bi-annual soil sampling is the easiest way to monitor soil nutrient levels. It's easy to do and inexpensive, and the results will serve as a guide for how to improve your soil.
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!
Improper management of grazing horses can lead to the loss of vegetative cover, soil erosion and nutrient run-off into nearby water sources . An example of poor grazing management is to allow horses to continuously overgraze pasture without allowing for rest and regrowth of the plants. Best management practices (BMPs) are practices that farm operators can use to control and reduce the farm’s risk of negatively impacting the surrounding environment.