Equines and Endophytes Workshop

When:Wednesday, January 25th. 11:30 am – 5:30 pm
Where:Spy Coast Farm – Equine Education Center
3487 Newtown Pike
Lexington, KY 40511
Who:Horse owners, breeders and managers
Cost:$40 (students $20)
Registration Link:https://EquineEndo2023.eventbrite.com
Agenda:11:30 – Registration and visit with vendors
12:00 – Lunch
12:45 – Welcome, Matt Poore and Spy Coast Farm
1:00 – Understanding Endophytes – Dr. Carolyn Young. The history and morphology of endophytes and comparison of endophyte-infected tall fescue in the US.
1:30 – Equine Research in Tall Fescue – Dr. Karen McDowell. A brief review of the literature surrounding horses and tall fescue to define what we do know, and what we don’t.
2:00 – Evaluating Toxicity Risk – Krista Lea. Explore factors that affect toxicity to help breeders make timely management decisions to reduce tall fescue toxicity risk in pasture and hay.
2:30 – Live plant identification and break – Krista Lea
3:00 – Mitigation through Grazing – Dr. Amanda Grev. Changes in grazing can reduce the risk for tall fescue toxicity and protect investments in improved pastures.
3:30 – Utilizing Novel Endophyte Tall Fescue – Dr. Ray Smith. Proper establishment and early management is key to successful incorporating novel endohpyte tall fescues into pastures.
4:00 – The Real Cost of Tall Fescue – Dr. Jill Stowe. A critical look at the cost of tolerating toxic tall fescue on horse farms and common mitigation strategies including introducing novel endophyte tall fescues.
4:30 – Farm Manager Panel – Moderated by Dr. Jimmy Henning. Hear from farm managers who have targeted and reduced toxic tall fescue and utilized novel endophytes for improved grazing.
The Alliance for Grassland Renewal is a national organization focused on enhancing the adoption of novel endophyte tall fescue technology through education, incentives, self-regulation and promotion. To learn more, go to www.grasslandrenewal.org
Contact:Krista Lea – Krista.Lea1@uky.edu
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