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NMSU Extension workshop in Roswell to teach proper horse nutrition

ROSWELL, N.M. - Livestock owners try to feed their animals the best forage possible at the lowest cost. Now, New Mexico State University's Chaves County Cooperative Extension Service office in Roswell is hosting its first workshop to teach horse owners about proper nutrition for their horses as well as how to maintain a healthy pasture.



At the "Nutrition and Pasture Management for Horse Owners" workshop, guest speakers from New Mexico State University will discuss a range of topics, from purchasing quality hay for horse feed to effectively controlling weeds. (Photo courtesy of Jason Turner)

The free workshop, "Nutrition and Pasture Management for Horse Owners," will be March 18 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Farm Bureau Building at the New Mexico State Fairgrounds in Roswell.

"With this workshop we want people who have small-acreage land to learn how to manage that land without hurting the vegetation and in addition, how to correctly feed their horses in the least expensive way," said Sandra Key Barraza, Extension agricultural agent for Chaves County. "We're going to cover a lot of different information."

Speakers at the workshop include Jason Turner, an Extension horse specialist; Mark Marsalis, an Extension agronomist at NMSU's Agricultural Science Center at Clovis; and Leonard Lauriault, a forage agronomist at NMSU's Agricultural Science Center at Tucumcari.

The speakers will talk about how to properly feed forage to horses, feeding quality hay and hay sampling, good pasture management for producers who have small-acreage land and how to develop a least-cost feeding program. They will also cover purchasing of quality hay, managing native or irrigated pasture and effectively controlling weeds.

The workshop is open to the public and snacks will be provided. Preregistration is not necessary.

For more information, call Barraza at the Extension office at (575) 622-3210.