Clayton’s Corner

By | Published Thursday, January 21, 2010

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Even though we’re still in January, spring will be here before you know it, and spring means foaling time on horse farms of all sizes in Wise County. There are always some mares bred to foal in January and February, but others will not foal until late spring or early summer when the weather is warmer and days are longer.

The Extension Horse Committee has teamed with AgVantage Farm & Ranch and Martindale Feeds to plan a Mare and Foal Clinic at 6:30 Thursday, Feb. 18, at AgVantage to help educate owners on the details of handling pregnant mares and foals through pregnancy, foaling and weaning.

Dr. Dennis Sigler, equine specialist with Texas AgriLife Extension will be the keynote speaker. Dr. Sigler will cover several topics including: recognizing signs that your mare is in labor, when to assist the mare in parturition, weaning techniques to minimize stress on foals and balanced diets to promote sound development in weanling horses.

AgVantage and Martindale are sponsoring a hamburger meal; therefore, participants will need to call (940) 627-3341 to sign up by Tuesday, Feb. 16. Door prizes will also be awarded. This educational program is free to the public.

The Leadership Advisory Board has a couple of rainwater harvesting barrels for sale at $50 each. They are plumbed and ready for rain.

These barrels are the result of the rainwater harvesting meeting held in November. The funds will be used for the scholarship sponsored by the leadership Advisory Board. Call (940) 627-3341 if you are interested.

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