Your blanketing questions answered

Wondering about fit, materials, construction or other horse blanket features? Here are some commonsense answers to all your blanketing questions. It’s strange how the everyday practice of blanketing horses causes so much uncertainty in conscientious owners. Stranger still is the degree of passion blanketing arouses among horse caretakers. Some people scoff at the idea of […]

Buying Winter Hay for Horses

Plan ahead when purchasing hay to save money and get the right amount. Hay is an extremely important part of your horse’s winter diet. It is an important source of calories and the internal heat of fiber fermentation helps to keep your horse warm. In the fall, many of us are starting to think about […]

Tying the Knot

by Adam Verner I know a lot of farmers are glad to see #Harvest19 come to an end. It sure has been a trying year for most. Our planting and harvest windows seem to shorten every year, and we need to be prepared when we hit the fields in 2020. So, this winter is a […]

Spring Vaccines for Your Horse

Basics of vaccines and which ones to give your horse in the spring. As the days get longer, many horse owners and horse enthusiasts are eager to begin training for the show season or to get out on the trails. But before you load up your horse and haul them to a fun event, you […]

Horse Owners – Are you Ready for Spring?

After the long winter months, equine facilities need a spring check-up to inspect barn maintenance, tack, facilities, pastures, and fencing. Each spring, one should go through the ritual of preparing pastures, horses and equipment for the prospect of riding and enjoyment during warmer weather. The first job to tackle is checking the perimeter fenceline of […]

Avoid Barn Fires, Let Hay Dry All The Way

Farmers across the country have either finished putting up their first cutting of hay, or they are in the process of doing just that. While it can be easy to get in a rush, avoid barn fires by ensuring your hay is dry enough before you bale it. “When [hay] is baled at moistures over […]

Curing and Storing Hay​

Methods can influence its appropriateness for horses. by Kentucky Equine Research The key to properly cured hay lies predominantly in moisture content. For best results, hay should not be baled until there is less than 20% moisture. Hay baled too wet might mold, heat, and pose a fire risk. Conversely, hay baled too dry might lose its […]

Feed Your Hogs Hay? In Some Cases, It Makes Perfect Sense.

Hay can be a great supplement to your pastured pig program. Here are tips on what kind of hay to feed and how to get your pigs to start eating it. Some years ago, I met a fellow pig farmer who raised pastured, heritage-breed Guinea hogs. I’ve never considered Guinea hogs an option on our […]

“There’s no one recipe for growing timothy”

A season with weather, tariffs, and constantly changing markets, the need to become more efficient and diversified is key. In the West, specifically Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, timothy production is one means of doing this and is a major forage product that gets exported to countries like Japan and Saudi Arabia. Forage producers strive to […]

The Importance of Cutting Hay at the Proper Stage

Cutting hay at the proper stage is a difficult task. If hay is too dry, the value of protein and vitamins in that hay is decreased. Likewise, if  hay is not dry enough, it can turn moldy or spoil. Neither type will produce high quality hay bales. While it would be ideal if you could […]