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School for Poultry Producers Focuses on Best Practices, Bird Health

Monday, February 10th, 2014
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University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine Poultry Growers Association (MPGA) will offer a daylong school for poultry producers Saturday, April 5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Kennebec Valley Community College in Fairfield.

Topics will include best management practices, bird health, and disease prevention for egg layers and meat birds. Additional topics include poultry nutrition, poultry product quality, and organic practices.

The school is designed for farmers with a poultry enterprise and is appropriate for backyard keepers, bird fanciers, and 4-H teens. The $25 fee ($10 for MPGA members) includes a reference notebook, a poultry break-even calculator and refreshments. Participants should bring their lunch.

The Maine Farm Bureau and Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association are co-sponsors. For more information and to register, visit or call UMaine Extension, 207.781.6099. To request a disability accommodation, call 207.781.6099 or 1.800.287.1471 (in Maine only).

2013 Sheep Shearing Schools

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013
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Peopple shearing sheepA blade shearing school is planned for April 5 & 6 at Shaker Village, 707 Shaker Road in New Gloucester, Maine. Participants will be shearing a flock of Romney sheep. The instructor for this hands-on school is renowned blade shearer, Kevin Ford of Massachusetts. The cost of the school is $85 per person and includes reference materials and lunch.

Also, two beginner level shearing schools planned for spring 2013: Saturday, April 20, 2012 in Freeport, Maine and Saturday, May 4, 2013 Littleton, Maine.

For more information about all three schools or to register, visit

Cooperative Extension Offers Egg Producer School

Monday, March 5th, 2012
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chicken eggs in cartonUniversity of Maine Cooperative Extension is partnering with the Maine Poultry Growers Association is holding an Egg Producer School on Saturday, March 24 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Kennebec Valley Community College in Fairfield.

The cost is $25 per person and includes lunch and reference materials. The school is for individuals who have or plan to have a small- or mid-size egg producing enterprise. Instructors for the school include University of Connecticut Extension poultry specialist Michael Darre and UMaine Extension educator Richard Brzozowski.

Topics to be covered include components of an economic egg operation, from technology, food safety, egg quality, marketing, egg sales regulations in Maine, and organic production.

For more information, contact UMaine Extension at 1-800-287-1471 (in Maine) or e-mail

UMaine Extension programs are open and accessible to all in accordance with program goals. To provide adequate time to respond to your request please provide as much notice as possible.

Three Opportunities to Learn to Shear Sheep in 2012

Monday, February 6th, 2012
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man and youth shear a sheepBlade Shearing School with expert blade shearer, Kevin Ford
Friday, March 30, 2012
Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, New Gloucester, Maine
Fee: $80/person
Participation limited to 8 individuals. Spectators are welcome.
Registration Form (Word)

Blade shearing is the shearing of sheep with hand shears (no electricity). This hands-on, 2-day school will equip participants with skills and knowledge to shear sheep and in the proper use and care of hand shears. Shears are provided for the school and will be available for purchase.

Sheep Shearing School, Beginner Level
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Fee: $35/person
Windham, Maine (Cumberland County)
Participation limited to 22 individuals.
Registration Form (Word)

Sheep Shearing School, Beginner Level
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Fee: $35/person
Littleton, Maine (Aroostook County)
Participation limited to 22 individuals.
Registration Form (Word)

The conventional sheep shearing schools are taught by a team of experienced, Maine-based sheep shearers. Participants will learn how to catch, handle, and maneuver sheep for shearing, shear efficiently with electric shears, shear on a table as a option, and the proper trimming of hooves, handling of wool, and caring of equipment.

These three shearing schools are sponsored by the Maine Sheep Breeders Association and University of Maine Cooperative Extension.

For more information, contact UMaine Extension at 1-800-287-1471 (207-781-6099) or e-mail