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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


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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.


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Grass Research Plots at

University of Findlay Equestrian Center

Preparing for grass plot plantings



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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


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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


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OSU Extension and University of Findlay

Paddock Grazing Research Summary

All Mornings – 2004: June, August & October

% of 5 minute observations


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OSU Extension and University of Findlay

Nine horses observed over 1000 hours

June, August & October 2004

% of 5 minute observations