Forage clinics to help horse owners, hay producers

June 20, 2011

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Two Purdue Extension and Historic Prophetstown forage clinics will teach horse owners to produce quality hay and be more self-sufficient.

The Purdue Extension Horse Hay/Forage Day Clinic, a one-day workshop held July 30, will focus on hay quality assessment, production practices and building a feeding program for horses. Educational stations will be set up at the Historic Prophetstown farm, 4112 state Route 225 E., West Lafayette.

There also will be a lunch panel of Purdue Extension and industry specialists who will discuss how to analyze hay's nutrient composition, dietary requirements for horses, and hay equipment and harvest methods.

The cost is $40 and includes educational materials and lunch for participants.  Registration begins at 8 a.m., and the class lasts from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The second workshop, the Purdue Extension Hands-On Forage Clinic, is a two-day event at Prophetstown Farm on July 30 and 31. Participants also are invited to attend an orientation cookout July 29 at the farm. Event participants will use horse-driven hay equipment while learning to harvest in an efficient manner without crimping, or damaging, the hay.

Registration is $300 per person, or $250 for members of Historic Prophetstown. The fee includes all meals starting with Friday dinner and ending with Sunday lunch. Advanced draft horse driving skills are required.

More information and registration for both workshops are available online at, or by calling Melissa Brown at 765-567-4700.

Writer:  Lisa Schluttenhofer, 765-496-2384,

Source:  Mark Russell, Purdue Extension equine management specialist, 765-494-7677,

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Keith Robinson,
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