Thursday, July 3, 2008

Miami County Pasture Walk July 17

The third in a series of five pasture walks scattered around Southwestern Ohio will take place on Thursday July 17. Attendance at the five pasture walks allows sheep, beef, goat, and horse producers to gain a unique perspective of various pasture/hay management options at various stages of growth throughout the spring and summer. The walks started at a beef production facility in Champaign county in May, moved to a sheep producer's farm in Darke County in June, and will be held at a horse farm in Miami County in July.

Larry and Kate Carpenter will be our gracious hosts for this stop on the pasture walk tour. The Carpenter’s live at 1905 S. St. Rt. 48, just north of Ludlow Falls, Ohio.

Bob Hendershot, Ohio grazing specialist for NRCS will be on hand to discuss pasture and hay management, horse nutrition, setting up paddocks for intensive grazing, and a good portion of the time will be spent on proper soil testing techniques in a pasture/hay field. Because the Carpenter’s raise horses, this pasture walk will focus primarily on managing pastures for horse production, however the information shared will benefit producers of any type of grazing animal.

The pasture walk will begin at 6:30 and will conclude around 9:00. Anyone interested is welcome to attend and there is no pre-registration or fee required. For more information and directions, contact Tim Fine in the Miami County Extension Office at 937-440-3945, or by email at

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