Healthy Horse & Land Expo, Tasmania 2015

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An informative and fun day out for horse lovers

NRM South in conjunction with NRM North invites you to a free mini expo at Pontville Equestrian Centre during Saturday 2nd May from 9am to 4:30pm and a Q&A session with speakers at a casual BBQ dinner 5 – 8 pm.

Meet and listen to equine experts and discuss topics including: Laminitis management, planned grazing, foraging behaviour, dung beetle management, horse massage, weed control and more!

Internationally respected speaker Mariette van den Berg will present on foraging behaviour, planning your pasture and horse nutrition.

This program can help you:

* Better understand the relationship between healthy land and healthy animals

* Learn how to get the best from your pasture

* Find out more about your horse’s foraging behaviour

* Learn how to manage your biosecurity risk and how best to control weeds on your property.

* Chat to other horse lovers, share ideas and hear others’ experiences


* Presentations delivered by specialists on healthy horses and healthy land

* An opportunity to speak directly with local, national and international experts including DPIPWE staff and vets

* Information tailored to the needs and requirements of Tasmanian horse owners.

* A wealth of information on managing natural resources

* Trade stalls with information to take home including presentation handouts

* Free parking

* Delicious morning, tea, lunch & afternoon tea

* The opportunity to finish the day with an informal BBQ and Q&A session with speakers who can help with questions.

Lunch, morning & afternoon tea available for purchase for $15 on the day. BBQ dinner $15 extra payable on the day. All catering proceeds go to Brighton CWA and Brighton Rotary Club. When registering please indicate if you intend to stay for the BBQ dinner.

Register here or further information for this free event please contact Holly Hansen at NRM South –

Ph: Tuesdays and Wednesday 0429 168 518, by Monday 27th April.

There is a considerable economic impact of horses globally due to the use of sporting and leisure activities, which warrants increased scientific research on performance, feeding and welfare. Nutrition is an important aspect of welfare, not only to provide adequate nutrition to meet requirements, but also for the ability to search and select foods. There is little known about foraging motivations and diet-selection mechanisms of horses. Therefore current research conducted by Mariette is aimed to explore patch foraging behaviour and the selection of different types of food. This knowledge could particular contribute to current feeding management of horses in confinement and grazing systems.

In this workshop Mariette will present a summary of her latest research work and it will also touch on a research program from the US named BEHAVE. BEHAVE (behavioural education for human, animal, vegetation and ecosystem management) is a research and outreach program that explores the principles of animal behaviour. The primary focus is on diet and habitat selection of grazing animals. Understanding how animals learn will enable us to train animals to fit our landscapes rather than having to modify our landscapes to fit our animals. Using grazing as a tool will reduce our use of expensive machinery, fossil fuels and toxic herbicides. By understanding how animals learn we can use their natural behaviours to manage weeds, enhance biodiversity, improve feeding systems, minimize use of riparian areas and much more.

  • 08:30 – 9:00 – Registration
  • 09:00 – 10:15 – Introduction, What is BEHAVE, What is foraging behaviour
  • 10:15 – 10:45 – Coffee/tea break and Q&A
  • 12:30 – 13:00 – Lunch
  • 13:00 – 14:00 – Plant behaviour, grazing planning and how BEHAVE extend to the management of horses?
  • 14:00 – 14:30 Q& A, Close
Holly Hansen
NRM South
03 6221 6111
Healthy Horse & Land Expo

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