University of Kentucky (UK) Ag Equine Programs will host an Equine Farm and Facilities Expo from 4 to 8 p.m. EDT Wednesday, June 19, at Tollgate Farm in Georgetown, Ky.
Horse owners and horse farm managers will be able to view a range of equipment and supplies for farms of all sizes. University specialists will provide hands-on instruction about practical aspects of management for equine operations.
“The expo provides horse owners the chance to attend an informative event on the grounds of a working horse farm,” said Ray Smith, PhD, professor and forage extension specialist for the UK College of Agriculture. "We appreciate Troy Rankin and Tollgate Farm for hosting this event and for opening the farm’s gates to the public."
Nick Carter, Fayette County agriculture and natural resources extension agent, said the expo is a unique opportunity for horse owners on farms of all sizes to learn about a wide range of topics, from weed and grass identification to footing for exercise areas.
“There are not many other venues around that allow horse owners this kind of opportunity,” he said.
UK experts will lead demonstrations on subjects including drainage and footing options for exercise areas, temporary fence and water system establishment, rotational grazing benefits, hay production testing, and integrating cattle into equine operations. Other informational topics include weed and grass identification, parasitology, multivalent vaccines, industrial hemp, and improving farm safety. There will also be a number of informational booths staffed by UK specialists.
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