Grassland and Facilities Management - (15 credits)

Grass is the natural food of the horse, whose economic production and utilisation is essential to the success of any equine enterprise. With increasing physiological demands being placed upon the horse, in terms of reproductive and athletic performance, the production of quality forage is fundamental to equine health, welfare and management. This module combines the scientific principles underlying grass growth and nutritional value, with practical and economic aspects of grassland management. The module uses fieldwork examples from the University College estate. The main outcome which students will produce as a result of studying this module is a grassland management plan for an equestrian enterprise of their chosen specialism.