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Quality hay, pastures for horses target of Quay County Extension workshop

TUCUMCARI - Horse owners: Do you purchase hay but are unsure of the quality? Do you know what alternative to hay can be used when hay is in short supply? Do you know how to raise the best hay for horses? And do you know which plants in your pasture are toxic to your horses?

If these questions concern you, then the Horse, Hays and Pastures workshop beginning at 9 a.m. on Friday, April 4, at the Tucumcari Convention Center is for you.

"Horse hay is currently in short supply, with quality and safety being primary concerns. With horses being a major industry in New Mexico, many horse owners are faced with pastures that require significant care and rejuvenation," said Tom Dominguez, Quay County Extension agriculture agent.

The workshop is presented by the New Mexico State University Quay County Extension Service horse committee and is designed to address horse pastures, as well as production, selection and feeding of various hays and processed roughages to horses, Dominguez said.

Some of the topics to be discussed include:

•Insects and blister beetles by Jane Breen Pierce, NMSU Agriculture Science Center at Artesia.
•Feeding quality hay and hay sampling by Mark Marsalis, NMSU Extension Plant Science.
•Forage species by Leonard Lauriault, NMSU Agriculture Science Center at Tucumcari.
•Matching hay quality to your horse operation by Jason Turner, NMSU Extension horse specialist.
•Toxic weeds and their management in pastures by Chris Allison, NMSU Extension range specialist.
•Steps in developing a lower-cost-feeding program by Turner.

Registration fee up to April 1 is $30 for the one-day event and includes morning snacks, refreshments and lunch as well as a copy of the proceedings. Late registration is $35.

For more information contact Dominguez at (575) 461-0562.