keeping pastures free of flies and parasites
I'm still thinking ahead to our new place. As of now, there hasn't been livestock on those pastures for at least 10 years, so they should be free of flies and horse parasites. I'd really like to keep them that way. Any thoughts on how I can do that? We also don't have any bordering neighbors who keep livestock, although there are horses at multiple properties a couple of houses down.
I'm already planning on cross-fencing into three two-acre pastures and one one-acre pasture (plus the .3 acre paddock that is already there) and rotating grazing. My plan was, in spring and summer, to have them on each small pasture for three-four weeks, then rotate to the next one, then mow the previous one to cut everything down to the same height and hopefully break up clumps of manure. I might also go in there at the midway point and try to scoop some of it. In the winter and early spring, they will be on a dry lot, with constant scooping. As for autumn, I think I'm going to play it by ear.
How far should the manure pile be from the barn to minimize flies in the barn?
I've been thinking about this a lot lately because the new place where we board has so many flies, it's just unreal. We didn't have to worry about them at all at the old place, but the pastures here are overstocked and are never cleaned. The flies are just disgusting, and they just bother the horses to no end.
I'm also hoping that if we move to a place with no parasites in the pastures, I can manage to keep it that way. The less dewormer I have to use, the happier everyone will be.
"Saddle fit -- it's a no brainer!"" - random person