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 Ryders Lane Environmental Best Management
Practices Demonstration Horse Farm

   

Through the use of best management practices, equine facilities can flourish while remaining environmentally friendly.

Through the use of best management practices, equine facilities can flourish while remaining environmentally friendly.

    In 2005 a team of Rutgers researchers affiliated with the Equine Science Center and several state and federal agencies began a multi-year collaboration. They sought to develop a demonstration working horse farm on the Cook campus that would use agricultural best management practices to provide solutions to many of the problems facing farm owners and stable managers today.


     Our researchers have identified numerous environmental issues, such as preserving water quality, proper nutrient and waste management, farm and pasture management, weed control, fencing, pasture rotation, and soil enrichment. These are just a few of the many facets of farm management that the project will address.


     Located at the existing Ryders Lane facility on approximately 40 acres, the facility, when complete, will be not only be a model best management practices horse farm, but also a learning center where research, education and proactive outreach through live demonstrations and twilight seminars will enrich the public’s understanding of how to successfully manage the environmental challenges their farms may pose.

 

Goals of the project:


  • To develop and maintain the Ryders Lane facility as a demonstration working horse farm by implementing best management practices (BMPs) which address pasture management, stormwater, and manure issues. BMPs are cost-effective and easy to implement.
     
  • To conduct educational programs at the farm which demonstrate the implementation of best management practices to enhance and maintain pasture and water quality.
     
  • To utilize the farm site to conduct research on new forage varieties.
     
  • To provide learning experiences and educational programs in pasture renovation, forage varieties, soil fertility, weed identification and management, rotational grazing, storm water management and manure storage, composting, and utilization.


Equine Science Center partners for this project include:


  • Region II of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
     
  • The Natural Resources Conservation Service
     
  • The Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture
     
  • The New Jersey Department of Agriculture
     
  • The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
     
  • The Center for Turfgrass Science at Rutgers University
     
  • The Department of Animal Sciences, SEBS, Rutgers University
     
  • The Department of Environmental Sciences, Rutgers University
     
  • Rutgers Cooperative Extension of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station
     
  • The Service Department of Animal Care, Rutgers Cooperative Extension

Acknowledgements

 

     Assistance and collaboration in this project has been provided by the following:

  • Paul Coco, NRCS
  • Laura Coover, Conservationist, NRCS
  • Ed Kunkel, P.L. Rohrer
  • Evan Madlinger, NRCS
  • Michael Mirage, Civil Engineer, NRCS
  • Chris Smith, Soil Scientist, NRCS

Rutgers Cooperative Research and Extension Team Members

 

Carey A. Williams, Ph.D. (Project Lead) Extension Specialist in Horse Management
Dr. Williams specializes in equine nutrition and pasture management.

Christopher C. Obropta, Ph.D., P.E. (Co-Manager) Extension Specialist in Water Resources
Dr. Obropta is leading the design for stormwater runoff and water control measures.

Michael Westendorf, Ph.D. (Co-Manager) Extension Specialist in Livestock and Dairy
Dr. Westendorf is leading the design for proper manure management, including storage and composting.

William J. Bamka, (Collaborator), County Agricultural Agent
Mr. Bamka is collaborating on the design of a pasture management plan.

Michael J. Fennell, Ph.D., (Collaborator), Director of Animal Care, SEBS
Dr. Fennell supervises the involvement of animal interaction at the farm.

Sarah L. Ralston, VMD Ph.D., dACVN (Collaborator), Associate Professor in Animal Sciences, SEBS
Dr. Ralston specializes in equine nutrition and effects of pasture on equine metabolism.
 

Supporting Team Members

 

Karyn Malinowski, Ph.D., Director, Equine Science Center

Clint Burgher, Research Farm Manager, Animal Care, SEBS

Dan Kluchinski, Agricultural Resource and Management Agent, Rutgers Cooperative Research and Extension

William Meyer, Professor, Plant Biology and Pathology, SEBS

Robert Mickel, Agricultural Resource and Management Agent, Rutgers Cooperative Research and Extension

Janice Reid, Assistant State Conservationist for Programs, New Jersey Department of Agriculture

Mark Van Gessel, Ph.D., University of Delaware Weed Specialist

 

Photo credits:
Nick Romanenko, Michael Westendorf, Ph.D. Carey Williams, Ph.D. Rendering provided by Peter L. Kallin, Ph.D.

 

 

 

 

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Agricultural Management Practices for Commercial Equine Operations

 

Treatment of Equine Facilities in State Programs Designed to Protect Agriculture

 

Equine Hay Market

 

Horses and Manure

 

Directions to Ryders Lane Farm

 

Pasture Management Guide for Horse Owners

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