Virginia Tech Middleburg Agricultural Research and Extension Center

Virginia Tech Middleburg Agricultural Research and Extension Center

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Every year we welcome young adults as part of our summer undergraduate internship program. Congratulations to last year's interns for the successful breeding of Stella. Excellent artificial insemination work! Our new foal Paco, was born strong and healthy last week. This summer's interns will be practicing their ultrasound and breeding skills as part of a larger embryo recovery project.
SNOWY,COLD,RAINY EQUINE MONDAY! Interesting fact- our horse friends sleep roughly 3 hrs in a 24 hr period. That's not much..... Thank you to KER and Kyla at here at the MAREC for the interesting topic on this sleepy Monday!
Anyone have questions about your horse trailer? ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ–๏ธ๐Ÿ–๏ธ.
Join us for a workshop focusing around trailer maintenance, safety, tags, licensing, matching the trailer to the vehicle pulling it and more. Functional trailers and unsafe trailers onsite for the class to put their hands on. Link below for registration.
Hmmm. Food for thought on a beautiful spring Equine Monday. ๐ŸŽโ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿ’๐ŸŒผ
Leaders in the largest industries in Virginia - agriculture, forestry, and natural resources - will be meeting to discuss new partnership opportunities at the 2022 VA Agricultural & Natural Resources Summit on April 12-13.

Learn more: https://agriculture-natural-resources.constantcontactsites.com/event-details?s=09
Land Stewardship hits close to our heats here at the Middleburg AREC. โค๏ธ. Thank you farmers.
Equine Monday!! (barely ๐Ÿ˜ด) Feed transitions don't have to be tricky, but they are necessary. Spring grazing is on the way!
The little rascals are out! Great job Kyla!
Beautiful morning! Damp and cold but still beautiful.
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When you're trying to take a nice video of bees buzzing on the wild flowers... But your knees cracking make too much noise.... 0:11 mark. ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…

A pasture based research center that focuses on improving equine management while enhancing land ste

Philanthropist Paul Mellon donated the 420-acre farm to Virginia Tech in 1949 to foster research that improved pasture and animal productivity while enhancing the land. The center was used primarily for beef cattle research for 40 years, but was rededicated to equine research and teaching in 1992. The MARE Center has been instrumental in advancing the frontier of knowledge related to the care and

Photos from Virginia Tech Middleburg Agricultural Research and Extension Center's post 06/28/2022

Supporting pollinators makes us smile. ๐Ÿ๐Ÿชฒ๐Ÿฆ‹Sometimes itโ€™s the little things- leaving the patch of milkweed in the middle of the hay field and converting strips of traditional lawn into flowers.

Minimize Transport-Related Disease, Gastric Ulceration in Horses - Kentucky Equine Research 05/09/2022

Minimize Transport-Related Disease, Gastric Ulceration in Horses - Kentucky Equine Research

Minimize Transport-Related Disease, Gastric Ulceration in Horses - Kentucky Equine Research While many management strategies minimize stress and illness during and after transport, injuries, dehydration, and respiratory issues persist.

35 Things You Probably Didn't Know About the Kentucky Derby 05/05/2022

35 Things You Probably Didn't Know About the Kentucky Derby

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35 Things You Probably Didn't Know About the Kentucky Derby With the 148th annual Kentucky Derby right around the bend, we're bringing you a list of things you might not have known about the iconic horse race.

04/26/2022

Every year we welcome young adults as part of our summer undergraduate internship program. Congratulations to last year's interns for the successful breeding of Stella. Excellent artificial insemination work! Our new foal Paco, was born strong and healthy last week. This summer's interns will be practicing their ultrasound and breeding skills as part of a larger embryo recovery project.

Shedding Light on Hair Growth and PPID in Horses - Kentucky Equine Research 04/26/2022

Shedding Light on Hair Growth and PPID in Horses - Kentucky Equine Research

Shedding Light on Hair Growth and PPID in Horses - Kentucky Equine Research Veterinary researchers artifically extended day length in an attempt to minimize excessive hair growth in horses diagnosed with PPID.

Achy Joints and Sleep Deprivation in Horses - Kentucky Equine Research 04/18/2022

Achy Joints and Sleep Deprivation in Horses - Kentucky Equine Research

SNOWY,COLD,RAINY EQUINE MONDAY! Interesting fact- our horse friends sleep roughly 3 hrs in a 24 hr period. That's not much..... Thank you to KER and Kyla at here at the MAREC for the interesting topic on this sleepy Monday!

Achy Joints and Sleep Deprivation in Horses - Kentucky Equine Research Arthritic horses lie down less often than sounder horses, possibly because of the pain associated with lowering and lifting their body.

04/13/2022

Anyone have questions about your horse trailer? ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ–๏ธ๐Ÿ–๏ธ.
Join us for a workshop focusing around trailer maintenance, safety, tags, licensing, matching the trailer to the vehicle pulling it and more. Functional trailers and unsafe trailers onsite for the class to put their hands on. Link below for registration.

Mineral Content of Pasture Affects Hoof Composition in Foals - Kentucky Equine Research 04/11/2022

Mineral Content of Pasture Affects Hoof Composition in Foals - Kentucky Equine Research

Hmmm. Food for thought on a beautiful spring Equine Monday. ๐ŸŽโ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿ’๐ŸŒผ

Mineral Content of Pasture Affects Hoof Composition in Foals - Kentucky Equine Research Levels of calcium, copper, and zinc in the hoof capsule before and after weaning are influenced by season and geographic region.

Eastern Virginia Ag Research & Extension Center on Twitter 04/01/2022

Eastern Virginia Ag Research & Extension Center on Twitter

Leaders in the largest industries in Virginia - agriculture, forestry, and natural resources - will be meeting to discuss new partnership opportunities at the 2022 VA Agricultural & Natural Resources Summit on April 12-13.

Learn more: https://agriculture-natural-resources.constantcontactsites.com/event-details?s=09

Eastern Virginia Ag Research & Extension Center on Twitter โ€œLeaders in the largest industries in Virginia - agriculture, forestry, and natural resources - will be meeting to discuss new partnership opportunities at the 2022 VA Agricultural & Natural Resources Summit on April 12-13. Learn more: https://t.co/RoU5vlgDxv โ€

Virginia Tech CALS on Twitter 03/22/2022

Virginia Tech CALS on Twitter

Land Stewardship hits close to our heats here at the Middleburg AREC. โค๏ธ. Thank you farmers.

Virginia Tech CALS on Twitter โ€œAmericaโ€™s farm families are stewards of the land, water and air. Today, we thank farmers for all they do. โ€

Avoid Abrupt Changes in Equine Diets - Kentucky Equine Research 03/22/2022

Avoid Abrupt Changes in Equine Diets - Kentucky Equine Research

Equine Monday!! (barely ๐Ÿ˜ด) Feed transitions don't have to be tricky, but they are necessary. Spring grazing is on the way!

Avoid Abrupt Changes in Equine Diets - Kentucky Equine Research We have heard the phrase โ€œabrupt change in dietโ€ repeatedly from nutrition experts over the years, but what exactly does this mean?

Managing Ticks for Horse Owners 03/16/2022

Managing Ticks for Horse Owners

The little rascals are out! Great job Kyla!

Managing Ticks for Horse Owners Recommendations for managing ticks for horse owners. Narrated by Virginia Tech PhD Candidate, Kyla Szemplinski for Middleburg Agriculture Research and Exten...

02/25/2022

Beautiful morning! Damp and cold but still beautiful.

Grass Founder | AAEP 02/24/2022

Grass Founder | AAEP

71 degrees yesterday.... Spring is coming soon and the grass will be too. Thanks Loudoun VCE, good info bit!

Grass Founder | AAEP Written By Tom Lenz, DVM, MS Spring might be the best time of the year, but if we have horses that are prone to developing grass founder, this season may be the beginning of serious problems for some of our horses. Horses that are over the age of 10, easy keepers, overweight or cresty-necked seem es...

Fitness Training for Eventers: A Role For Heart Rate Monitoring - Kentucky Equine Research 02/15/2022

Fitness Training for Eventers: A Role For Heart Rate Monitoring - Kentucky Equine Research

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Fitness Training for Eventers: A Role For Heart Rate Monitoring - Kentucky Equine Research Learn about the insights gained when researchers gathered heart rate, speed, and lactate during the cross-country phase of eventing and how you can apply this research to your fitness program.

Mudbound: Feeding Horses in Muddy Pastures - Kentucky Equine Research 02/08/2022

Mudbound: Feeding Horses in Muddy Pastures - Kentucky Equine Research

Frozen ground brings it's own factors and mud is a whole different fun game, but both are manageable.

Mudbound: Feeding Horses in Muddy Pastures - Kentucky Equine Research When it comes to horse care, mud makes everything harder. How do horse owners deal with sloppy mud and still provide wholesome meals to their horses?

Virginia Techโ€™s ARECs are propelling our thriving agriculture industry into the future 01/06/2022

Virginia Techโ€™s ARECs are propelling our thriving agriculture industry into the future

We are just 1 of Virginia Techs ARECs. Here's to a great 2022 for all.
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Virginia Techโ€™s ARECs are propelling our thriving agriculture industry into the future The Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station conducts research on food and fiber systems, their impact on the environment, and their relation to the future needs of Virginia, the nation, and the world. VAES faculty are located at 11 Agricultural Research and Extension Centers and within the College....

Photos from University of Minnesota Equine Extension Program's post 12/06/2021

Good pun Loudoun VCE. Always appreciated! ๐ŸŽ

Helmet Lab research will have big impact on equestrians 11/09/2021

Helmet Lab research will have big impact on equestrians

VT Helmet lab is evaluating equestrian helmets! The project goal is to reduce injuries for riders by providing helmet manufacturers with a blueprint for how they can develop the best helmets. That's a win for all of us!

Helmet Lab research will have big impact on equestrians Stefan Duma and the Helmet Lab team at Virginia Tech are developing a system to evaluate equestrian helmets. Ultimately, they want to reduce injuries for riders by providing helmet manufacturers with a blueprint for how they can develop the best helmets.

08/12/2021

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The Virginia Tech Animal & Poultry Sciences (APSC) program provides students with hands-on, science-based learning that can be tailored to meet specific academic and career goals.

Students (that's you!) can choose an option/track (pre-vet, production/business, or science) and a species focus (equine, companion/lab animal, livestock, or poultry) to study throughout their 4 years at Virginia Tech.

Thatโ€™s not all! The department maintains livestock herds and flocks for research and teaching purposes. The animals are maintained at six centers on-campus and at Kentland Farm, located just 15 minutes from the university. ๐Ÿ„ ๐Ÿ– ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿด ๐Ÿ“

Learn more about APSC ๐Ÿ‘‰ bit.ly/VTCALSAPSC

08/05/2021

Which pasture and facility management approaches have you implemented on your equine operation?

As part of a collaborative effort between Virginia Tech and the University of Kentucky, researchers in the Department of Agricultural Economics at UK are interested in why certain practices have (or have not) been implemented. If you are 18 years of age or older and currently own or manage an equine operation in Kentucky or Virginia, please consider taking this brief survey. We anticipate it will take no more than five minutes to complete.

You can access the survey here: https://uky.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8FWTBJ0YTAArDjE.

06/30/2021

Bees a buzzin in the heat today

When you're trying to take a nice video of bees buzzing on the wild flowers... But your knees cracking make too much noise.... 0:11 mark. ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…

06/21/2021

Well that gallon for the human didn't last long today! Stay hydrated and that means our 4 legged friends too.

06/15/2021

Agriculture comes in many forms across our great state. As we all recognize the dedication that supports many enterprises- Don't forget to stop and smell the flowers! Seriously... we have been converting traditional lawn to pollinator habitat along our road!

06/15/2021

It's ! Check out these fun facts about in the Commonwealth. ๐Ÿ‘‡

06/14/2021

Being involved in agriculture teaches youth responsibility, how to make decisions, financial management, respect, how to win and lose gracefully, time management, compassion, and team work. 4-H

05/19/2021
05/18/2021

Join us for an evening tour of our recently established native warm season grasses at the Southern Piedmont AREC on June 3 from 5:00-8:30 pm.

Registration is FREE and a boxed dinner will be provided before heading on the tour of our grazing demo paddocks (mixture of big bluestem, little bluestem, and Indiangrass) and the native grass variety trial plots (20 varieties of big bluestem, eastern gammagrass, Indiangrass, and switchgrass).

Pre registration is required for a meal count. Register online at https://vaforages.org/native-warm-season-grass-tour/ or by calling Margaret Kenny at (434) 818-5545 between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm.

05/13/2021

60 tons of sand....Footing upgrade!

New footing for the horse excerciser has arrived! Shovel time!! ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿคจ๐Ÿ˜•

Photos from Virginia Tech Middleburg Agricultural Research and Extension Center's post 05/11/2021

Elementary School was a long time ago... But I still feel like I need the teachers permission to use this thing! ...School in the 80s...checkingthatmoisture%

05/10/2021

Harvesting some winter feed for the geldings!

Photos from Virginia Tech Middleburg Agricultural Research and Extension Center's post 03/09/2021

Huge shout-out to Boy Scout Troop 2950! Eagle Scout Project 2021 is finished! They built and installed: 31 bluebird houses, 2 bat boxes, 1 owl box and 1 wood duck box. All beautifully crafted cedar and great paint job! Thank you again everyone, awesome group to work with, congratulations.

03/09/2021

Apply now to be part of the 2021 summer internship program!

VCE internships give currently enrolled or recently graduated college students then opportunity to explore careers in nutrition, agriculture, environmental science, natural resources, family and consumer sciences, or community youth and development.

Find more information here: ext.vt.edu/internship/location

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02/21/2021

Please join us for one of our upcoming virtual open houses. Registration is required so that we can send you the virtual meeting access information. Please register at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0qWT33El9ehq2Ee

01/08/2021

ISO of several special horses (โ€œUnicornsโ€, if you will) to be added to our college equine program. We have several senior riding horses who are ready to retire, and we are also working on growing our very small QH breeding program. โ€จโ€จAll horses receive excellent care with several staff and faculty members dedicated to the equine program and an on-site large animal veterinarian. We teach all levels of riders in three seats (western, hunt seat, and saddleseat) and have three competitive riding teams; we also have an equine track for ag majors and provide hands-on horse education for the ag and vet tech programs.

First, we are in search of 2-3 healthy mares or geldings under the age of about 14 who can step in to take the place of some of our 20-25 year old lesson horses. They need to be sound to teach 5-6 western lessons a week, and safe enough for adult beginners riding under the direct supervision of an instructor. Slightly green horses who are good-natured and could teach beginners if alternated with more advanced rides or who just need finishing would be fine. Horses who can also ride hunt seat a plus but not required. Stock type horses preferred right now but others would be considered if the right temperament. Registered QH/Paint mares who could double into our breeding program on a rotation with our other broodmares would be a HUGE gift. โ€จโ€จSecondly, we are searching for an over fences packer. Something steady and reliable from xrails to 2โ€™6โ€. Would be coming into the program to take the place of our hunter-type kick ride over fences gelding who has patiently been teaching jumping to college students for, as he is starting to tell us, longer than his fair share of time! Auto changes and a push ride would be my preference, but safe and easy over fences is the priority.

We are mainly donation-driven and donated horses are tax-deductible, with the option of first right of refusal for the original owner to buy back the horse when we are ready to retire them. However, we may be able to swing a VERY small budget for the perfect addition to the program. Horses must come in for a trial period (usually 4-6 weeks) before final acceptance to the program. Please let us know if you have a horse you think may fit our checklist!

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