COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. — Horses eat a lot of hay, and horse owners can thank their local hay producers for a good supply of high-quality hay. But what is “high-quality hay?” Does everyone have the same definition of it? What factors should go into making and purchasing hay for horses?
Penn State Extension is offering a Horse Hay Workshop for both hay producers and horse owners on Thursday, March 26, 2019 to answer these questions and more. The program will be held at New Bolton Center from 4:45am to 9:00pm. The evening will start with a joint session to discuss forage testing, molds and toxins in hay, hay prices, and storing hay safely. After dinner (provided by Sensenig’s Feed Mill), hay producers and horse owners will split into separate breakouts. Hay producers will learn about cost of production, soil fertility, weed management, reducing dry matter loss and drying time, and species selection and successful establishment. Horse owners will learn about links between sugar and laminitis, nutrition and selecting the right hay for your horse, alternatives to small square bales, and how hay producers make quality hay.
Speakers are all from Penn State Extension and include Laura Kenny, Equine Educator; Andrew Frankenfield, Agronomy Educator; Dr. Danielle Smarsh, Equine Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist; and Dwane Miller, Agronomy Educator.
The price for the evening is $30, and registration is required; space is limited. To register, call 877-345-0691 or visit https://extension.psu.edu/horse-hay-workshop by March 19. You will also find an agenda and more details on the website. For questions about the event, contact Laura Kenny (email@example.com; 610-489-4315). To learn more about Penn State Equine Extension programs, visit the website at: https://extension.psu.edu/animals-and-livestock/equine.
Penn State encourages qualified persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Laura Kenny (610-489-4315) in advance of your participation or visit. The University is committed to equal access to programs, facilities, admission, and employment for all persons. It is the policy of the University to maintain an environment free of harassment and free of discrimination against any person because of age, race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, marital or family status, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, physical or mental disability, gender, perceived gender, gender identity, genetic information, or political ideas. Discriminatory conduct and harassment, as well as sexual misconduct and relationship violence, violates the dignity of individuals, impedes the realization of the University’s educational mission, and will not be tolerated. Direct all inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policy to Dr. Kenneth Lehrman III, Vice Provost for Affirmative Action, Affirmative Action Office, The Pennsylvania State University, 328 Boucke Building, University Park, PA 16802-5901; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Tel 814-863-0471.
–Penn State Extension