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Re: [RC] [RC] Small Acreage Management - Laney Humphrey

Have you chatted with your country agricultural extension agent? They are the people whose job it is to know everything there is to know about managing the land in their area - what kind of soil you have, what will grow well on it, how many horses you can legally have, etc., etc., etc.

Val Nicoson wrote:
Thanks everyone...I did forget to add some important information. We are located in the midwest in southern IL...about 50 miles from St Louis. No pasture irritation. I currently have 1 horse but plan on buying 1-2 more. I'm hoping the pasture can support up to 4 total, bring them in at night to rest the pasture, as well as using pasture rotation.

On 7/2/06, *Truman Prevatt* <tprevatt@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:tprevatt@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>> wrote:

    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
     > Would like to hear from others who also have small acreages as to
     > 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
     > 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,
     > Val
    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
Re: [RC] Small Acreage Management, Truman Prevatt
Re: [RC] [RC] Small Acreage Management, Val Nicoson