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Managing Horse Properties Workshop Deemed a Success

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AUBURN, Calif. - More than 30 landowners from Placer and Nevada counties recently participated in a workshop Saturday on managing horse properties hosted by the Placer Resource Conservation District (RCD).

 Held at an Auburn horse property, the workshop allowed participants to see first-hand many of the issues associated with managing acreage in the rolling hills topography of the area.  Topics covered included mud and manure management, soil erosion control, pasture management, grazing rotation, and fencing, paddocks, and other facilities.

 In addition to Placer RCD staff, other local professionals presented on their areas of expertise.  Roger Ingram, UC Cooperative Extension Farm Advisor, provided information on plant growing cycles, weed identification, fencing options, pasture establishment, and grazing management.  Local veterinarian, Dr. Samia Macon, provided excellent information on how proper land and paddock management contributes to horse health.

 As part of their ongoing effort to help area landowners manage their land and natural resources, Placer RCD organized this workshop in response to community input that there was a need for this type of technical assistance.  Besides providing an educational service for landowners, Placer RCD technical assistance contributes to beneficial environmental outcomes, such as clean water, water conservation, erosion control, pasture health, wildlife habitat, and species diversity. 

Placer RCD now has a waiting list of landowners interested in horse property management, and they plan to hold a similar workshop later this fall.  In addition, Placer RCD will be hosting a handful of other land and natural resources management field days this year, starting with an Irrigation Workshop on April 10th.

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