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Evaluating Cool Season Grasses for Intensive Grazing Success. Gary W. Wilson Extension Educator – Ag & Natural Resources Ohio State University Extension, Hancock County 7868 CR 140 Suite B, Findlay OH 45840 Phone: 419-422-3851. Cool Season Grass Research Plots.

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Evaluating Cool Season Grassesfor Intensive Grazing Success

Gary W. Wilson

Extension Educator – Ag & Natural Resources

Ohio State University Extension, Hancock County

7868 CR 140 Suite B, Findlay OH 45840

Phone: 419-422-3851


Cool Season Grass Research Plots

Research involving 32 improved grass varieties, grass/legume mixtures was conducted at the University of Findlay (Ohio) Equestrian Center. Each 15x24-foot plot was replicated three times and evaluated for yield and quality. Quantitatively, species were rated for height and yield using a rising plate meter correlated by biomass density on a dry matter basis. Qualitative ratings were used to evaluate weed pressure, the overall quality of each plot, and samples were taken for nutrient analysis. These measurements were taken approximately 3-4 times per year for 4 years (2003 – 2006). A special horse grazing preference study was also conducted in 2004 and 2005.


Grass Research Plots at

University of Findlay Equestrian Center

Preparing for grass plot plantings


Cool Season Grasses Involved in Research


Top Performing Grasses in This Study

  • Yield

    • Horsemaster Mix + Alice White Clover

    • Bronson Tall Fescue

    • Hakari Bromegrass

    • Bardina Orchard Grass

  • Quality (not including generic varieties)

    • Ampac Mix (OG,TF,PRG & WC)

    • Festulolium

    • Timothy

    • Perennial Ryegrass


University of Findlay andOhio State University of ExtensionHorse PaddockGrazing Preference Study


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University of Findlay &

Ohio State University Extension Horse Grazing Study

Four different grasses with 3 reps – planted 9-8-03


OSU Extension and University of Findlay

Paddock Grazing Research Summary

All Mornings – 2004: June, August & October

% of 5 minute observations


OSU Extension and University of Findlay

Nine horses observed over 1000 hours

June, August & October 2004

% of 5 minute observations


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