Educational Programs - Maine Poultry Keepers School
Maine Poultry Keepers School
April 5, 2014, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Carter Hall Auditorium, Kennebec Valley Community College, Fairfield, Maine
Cost: $25.00 (includes course materials; lunch not provided, participants should bring their own lunch). $10.00 discount for members of the Maine Poultry Growers Association (MPGA)
Mail in registration: 14 Poultry Keepers School mail in registration form (Word)
Co-sponsored by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension;the Maine Poultry Growers Association; the Maine Farm Bureau; and the Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association
Purpose of the Poultry Keepers School: To equip poultry keepers with practical knowledge and skills in the efficient production of poultry with a focus on bird nutrition, health and management.
Targeted Participants: This one-day school is designed for small-scale and medium-size poultry producers who are (or plan to be) involved in raising poultry for eggs or meat as a business enterprise. However, many of the topics presented will also be suitable for backyard keepers and poultry enthusiasts.
Program Schedule and Topics
8:30 am Check-in and Refreshments
9:00 am Welcome
9:10 am Best Management Practices for Keeping Poultry.
Presentation of a newly assembled list of BMPs for New England poultry keepers, Dr. Richard Brzozowski, University of Maine Cooperative Extension
9:50 am Practical Poultry Nutrition
Understanding and meeting the nutrient requirements of poultry by age, stage of production, and species. Dr. Gary Anderson, University of Maine Cooperative Extension
10:50 am Poultry Health Results
Erin Solar, animal science major, University of Maine
Keeping Poultry Healthy
How diseases enter your farm, what you can do to prevent disease and where to find help. Dr. Anne Lichtenwalner, DVM PhD; University of Maine Animal Health Laboratory/Cooperative Extension
11:20 am Triage Necropsy and Common Poultry Health Issues in Maine
Understanding when you can fix a health problem and when you may need help. Dr. Anne Lichtenwalner
12:15 pm Lunch
(bring your own lunch); Drinks, chips and fresh vegetable snacks will be provided
1:00 pm Virtual Tours
(via slides and video) of 2 Poultry Operations
1:20 pm Raising Poultry Organically
Living conditions, feed sources and health care requirements for certification. Diane Schivera, Livestock Specialist, MOFGA
2:00 pm The Importance of Light for Your Flock
Understanding how light affects your birds and their productivity and comfort, Richard Brzozowski
2:20 pm Poultry Meat Quality
from the View Point of a Poultry Processor – video presentation
2:30 pm Break-out Sessions/Workgroups: You choose the session.
1. Labor-saving and Money-saving Solutions to Raising Poultry, ideas from participants facilitated by Richard Brzozowski
2. Improving Poultry Health in Maine – What are you seeing? Can suppliers produce a stronger and better poultry population for Maine? How is NPIP working for you? Where can you find a vet if you need one? If you had to vaccinate, what for, why, and how? Facilitated by Anne Lichtenwalner
3. Exploring Cooperative Buying of Poultry Feeds & Supplies – Is it feasible? What are the obstacles? What are the advantages? Proposal discussion and assembling interested parties. Facilitated by
3:00 pm Workshop Reports and Closing Statements
3:15 PM Adjourn
A Reference Notebook will be provided to each participant and will include information on presented topics as well as the following: Poultry anatomy parts and functions; Regulations for Selling Eggs and Poultry Meat in Maine; Using a spread sheet to determine break-even pricing for meat or eggs; List of Maine pullorum testers; and more.
For more information, please call 781.6099 or email Lynne.firstname.lastname@example.org.