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Grazing and Pasture

A Haven for Horses and the Land

March 2018

At the foot of the Toowoomba ranges, on a quiet and winding country road lies Split Rock Mountain Premier Horse Agistment, a place where horses can have ‘a holiday in the country’ and more importantly, where they are allowed to be horses in a safe and secure environment.  While it may seem this article was written to promote the business, my interest in Split Rock Mountain was part of my ongoing search for interesting content and imagery to support the sustainable property management sections that are so popular and welcomed in every issue of the magazine. 

March Grass Farmers Managing Manure: Part 2

March 2018

In this 3-Part series, we discuss the different ways horse owners can manage manure in their horse property to reduce pollution, parasites (worms), weeds, labour and costs. In Part 1 last month, we discussed the pros and cons of picking up manure from the pastures, and we also discussed the dos and don'ts of harrowing.  This month, we look at cross grazing as a beneficial pasture and parasite management strategy. 

Grass Farmers - Managing Manure: Part 1

February 2018

In previous articles, we have outlined practical aspects of The Equicentral System, a complete approach to sustainable horse and land management on your property.  The Equicentral System uses your horses’ natural behaviours as an advantage. It enhances the health and wellbeing of the horses themselves, the land they live on and the environment at large.  If you are new to the series or you missed any articles during 2017, you can read previous articles online at: http://bit.ly/2yNXG93.   Horses and manure 

All About Soil: Part 1

February 2018

In this brand new Equine Permaculture series, we will ‘dig deeper into soils’ and explore what soils are, how soil is formed, the different types of soil and how they sustain life through the soil-food-web.  Furthermore, we will discuss the importance of soil tests, in the lab and DIY, interpreting these soil test results, and how they may assist our soil and pasture management on the property.  Before we start digging up the dirt, let’s brush up on some facts about soil. 

Managing Pastures for Soil Health

November 2017

As horse owners, we care for large herbivors and, in order to support them with the food they are designed to eat, we must take care of our land.  Making the right land management decisions - ones that will create healthy pastures, and adequate food resources for our horses and for ourselves - is often easier said than done and certainly not something you can buy off the shelf.  By understanding the ecosystem as a whole and its natural functions, you will be able to make management decisions that support the natural patterns. 

April Grass Farmers Managing Manure: Part 3

April 2018

In this three-part series, we discuss the different ways horse owners can manage manure in their horse property to reduce pollution, parasites (worms), weeds, labour and costs. In Part 1, we discussed the pros and cons of picking up manure from the pastures, and we also discussed the dos and don'ts of harrowing.  In Part 2, we discussed cross grazing as a beneficial pasture and parasite management strategy. 

All About Soil: Part 2

March 2018

In this Equine Permaculture series, we ‘dig deeper into soils’ and explore what soils are, how soil is formed, the different types of soil and how they sustain life through the soil-food-web.  We will also discuss the importance of soil tests - in the lab and DIY - and how to  interpret soil test results, as we build up the story of how all this knowledge can assist your pasture management decisions and the health of your horses. 

Managing Pastures for Soil Health: Part 2

December 2017

As horse owners, we care for large herbivores and, in order to support them with the food they are designed to eat, we must take care of our land.  Making the right land management decisions - ones that will create healthy pastures, and adequate food resources for our horses and for ourselves - is often easier said than done and certainly not something you can buy off the shelf.  By understanding the ecosystem as a whole and its natural functions, you will be able to make management decisions that support the natural patterns. 

Your Pasture Pharmacy: Final Part

October 2017

In this exclusive series, Dr Mariette van den Berg has been uncovering the grazing life of horses - exploring the ways in which herbivores and the plants they eat have adapted to not just co-exist, but benefit each other and thrive.  Most articles on pasture and grazing management tend to focus on the horse’s nutritional and behavioural needs. This series of articles looks closer at the complex interaction between horses and plants - how each responds when faced with the challenges of an ever changing landscape. 

Your Pasture Pharmacy Part 4: Nutritional Wisdom and Self-Selection

September 2017

In this exclusive series, Dr Mariette van den Berg has been uncovering the grazing life of horses - exploring how herbivores and plants have adapted their behaviour to not just co-exist, but benefit each other and thrive. 

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