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Re: [RC] Small Acreage Management - Truman Prevatt

Val Nicoson wrote:
Our bid was just accepted on a 5 acre piece of property with a house, barn & outbuildings...it does include a small pond too in the SE corner. Would like to hear from others who also have small acreages as to how you manage your properties regarding how many horses you may have, maintaining the grass pastures, etc...including how you deal with Insecticides/Pesticides leaching into your pastures from adjacent farm fields, etc.
The property is flat but with good drainage from what we can tell.
TIA for any info/advice, it'll be a couple months for financing & closure to happen,

A lot of this depends on where the property is located, the climate in the area, type of soil (sandy, clay, etc.) if it is irrigated, etc. So more information would be helpful. One of the big problems with a lot of horses on small acreage is horses tend to be hard on pasture. There feet tear up the ground more than a cloven hoof animal. A horse will graze grass much shorter than cows and this can impact pasture quality.
With a few animals it's easier to rotate and rest some of the land than it is with a lot of horses. With a lot of horses you will probably be down to keeping some in the barn during the day and out night with the others out day and in the barn night.



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[RC] Small Acreage Management, Val Nicoson