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Feeding horses in drought

August 20, 2012

LITTLE ROCK – Drought has hit horse owners too this year, but not as hard as it has their cattle-owning counterparts.

“While many cattle producers could still be looking at feeding several dozen mama cows over the next few months, most horse owners only have a handful or fewer mouths to feed, so the pressure may not be quite as intense for horse owners,” said Mark Russell, assistant professor-equine extension, for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

In addition, many horse owners have different supply routes and their charges have different nutrition requirements.

“What I’ve found is those who can get hay do so because they’ve been working with the same supplier for years,” he said. “We’re not in a place where we’re panicking and if you’ve planned ahead, you’re probably in pretty decent shape.”  READ MORE … 

GREENER PASTURES — Pre-drought photo from May 2012 when pastures in Madison County were a lot more green.

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