The British Grassland Society is holding a one-day workshop for
farmers and equine business managers looking to provide quality grassland
and grass products to the UK equestrian market.
The event takes place on Tuesday 3 April 2007 (10am to 2.30pm) at
the Warwickshire College of Agriculture.
There are over one million horses in this country, and they could
provide a useful source of income for grassland farmers – from
making specialist winter forage, to letting out grazing or running
a livery yard.
“Farmers have knowledge about grassland management that most
horse owners lack,” says workshop organiser Lois Phillips. “We
are sure that many could grasp this opportunity in the market, with
a little guidance from people who are already doing so.
“While the basic principles of grassland management and animal
husbandry are the same, there are some major differences between
horses and ruminants that need to be taken into account.”
The workshop will consist of presentations in the morning, followed
in the afternoon by practical demonstrations and discussion in the
college horse paddocks.
Speakers include Richard Price, who successfully runs dairy, beef
and sheep units alongside the equestrian enterprise at the college,
Gary Holter, an independent horse grazing consultant, and Francis
Dunne of Field Options, who will discuss seed mixes for hay and haylage
that will be eaten by horses.
The day will cost £40 for BGS members and £50 for non-BGS
members. More details from the BGS website www.britishgrassland.com or telephone 01285 885166 for tickets.
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