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    Managing Grassland for Horses Workshop
11/01/07

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.

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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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