Local landholders are invited to attend a free horse property
management workshop in Yandina, Sunshine Coast on March 10th to learn
about the best ways to sustainably manage their properties for healthier
The workshop, which is sponsored by SEQ Catchments, is being delivered by nationally acclaimed author and expert on horse property management, Jane Myers, on Saturday 10th March between 9.45am and 4.30 pm.
Jane will provide an overview about the value of good horse management practices, not only in terms of horse care, horse health, financial benefits and aesthetic improvements to their property, but just as importantly the environmental benefits, including the effects on water catchment, weed control and erosion and the benefits to the wider community.
“Caring for your horse property is equally as important as caring for your horse. Horses are not native to Australia, and can cause a huge impact on the environment if the land that they live on is not cared for properly.’’ Jane said.
“Caring for your horses and the land that they live on does not need to be an expensive undertaking. In fact often a slight change in the way that you do things can lead to big savings and have many benefits’’.
Some of these benefits include improved health for the horses and people who live on the property, lower feed bills due to more grass for a longer period of the year, happier neighbours, fewer flies and less dust and mud, cleaner water, more habitat for wildlife, and an increased property value.
“An effective horse property management system saves time and expense while at the same time is good for the environment. Good horse property management is a win-win for all!”
SEQ Catchments Community Partnership Manager for the Sunshine Coast, Susie Chapman, says that this workshop will be very useful for all types of horse property owners.
“Horse property owners, regardless of the size, share a lot of the same concerns. The main objective is growing grass and other pasture species in order to reduce the feed bill. If this can be managed in a way that ensures good groundcover, this can help reduce erosion and run off into waterways. Better horse management also reduces the worm (parasite) burden of horses and controls weeds,’’ she said.
“Landholders will be able to find out the best way to manage pasture, manure and water for horses in a way that does not compromise local biodiversity, and be provided with information on how to plan and design a sustainable horse property.
Horse owners, water catchment associations and Landcare groups on previous seminars have all commented that the information obtained from the day was invaluable. The presentation is visual, entertaining and extremely informative.
If you are interested in attending the seminar, contact Susie Chapman, SEQ Catchments on 0400 910 682 firstname.lastname@example.org. RSVPs are essential.
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