What makes good hay?

That will be the question of the day--with answers--Saturday, Oct. 14, at a seminar that will focus on evaluating hay for horses. The seminar will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Long's Peak Equipment Company, 1-25 and Highway 66, near Longmont, CO.

Sponsored by Colorado State University Cooperative Extension in Boulder, Larimer, Adams and Weld counties, the seminar is designed for anyone who buys or sells hay. Hay buyers can learn the criteria to evaluate hay quality, and sellers can bring samples of their hay for participants to inspect. Sellers are encouraged to test their hay before the program and to make the results available.

Program topics include information about horse nutrition and feeding requirements. Visual evaluation of hay quality also is on tap, taking into consideration stage of maturity, leafiness, color, foreign material, odor and condition.

Hay quality testing will be discussed, along with information about what to test for and an interpretation of the results. A briefing about the Colorado Weed-Free Hay program also is on the agenda.

Hay buyers and sellers will benefit from a sessions about hay availability: "Where can I buy it, what is for sale and what will it cost?"

The program also includes a hay judging segment, as well as time for questions and answers.

Cost of the program is $20, with checks payable to the Boulder County Extension Fund. Mail to Cooperative Extension, Boulder County, 9595 Nelson Rd., Box B, Longmont, CO 80501. Pre-registration is not required, but will be helpful in planning, says Paul Aravis Boulder County Extension agent.

For information, contact Cooperative Extension in Adams County, 303-637-8100; Boulder County, 303-776-4865; Larimer County, 970-498-6000; or Weld County, 970-356-4000, ext. 4465.

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