Learn to ID Goat, Sheep Parasite at UMaine Extension FAMACHA Workshop

April 18th, 2014 11:32 AM
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goatsUniversity of Maine Cooperative Extension will offer a FAMACHA workshop to teach farmers how to identify parasite infection in sheep and goats Saturday, May 17 at the Northeast Livestock Expo in Windsor, Maine.

FAMACHA is a diagnostic tool — a chart — that matches an animal’s eyelid color to anemia levels, thus enabling farmers to target treatment for sheep and goats infected with the barber pole worm. Thomas Settlemire, professor emeritus at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, and Richard Brzozowski, UMaine Extension small ruminant specialist, will present the workshop.

Participants will receive hands-on training, an information packet, record sheets and a FAMACHA card. Cost is $20 per farm. To enroll, visit http://umaine.edu/cumberland/programs/famacha-workshops/. For more information, or to request disability accommodations, contact 207.781.6099, 1.800.287.1471 (in Maine) or lynne.b.hazelton@maine.edu.

Morning Sentinel Advances Hayfield, Pasture Managmenet Workshop

March 31st, 2014 1:50 PM
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The Morning Sentinel reported the University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Franklin County will hold a workshop on hayfield and pasture management April 3, 2014 in Farmington. Richard Kersbergen, Extension educator from Waldo County, will lead the class for farmers and others who want to make their lands more productive and profitable.

Kennebec Journal Advances Cooperative Extension Poultry Producers School

March 31st, 2014 1:39 PM
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The Kennebec Journal reported the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine Poultry Growers Association will offer a daylong school for poultry producers Saturday, April 5, 2014 at Kennebec Valley Community College in Fairfield. The school is designed for farmers with a poultry enterprise and is appropriate for backyard keepers, bird fanciers and 4-H teenagers. Topics will include best management practices, bird health and disease prevention for egg layers and meat birds, poultry nutrition, poultry product quality and organic practices.

Brzozowski Comments on Mail Order Poultry Practice

March 25th, 2014 9:30 AM
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Richard Brzozowski, a University of Maine Cooperative Extension poultry specialist, commented in a Morning Sentinel story about day-old mail order baby chicks that died en route from Pennsylvania to Mercer, Maine, when their delivery was delayed. Brzozowski said Maine farmers often rely on mail order chicks because there are no commercial hatcheries in Maine.

Explore Farming with UMaine Extension

March 19th, 2014 11:26 AM
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University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Piscataquis Valley Adult Education Cooperative (PVAEC) explore what it takes to be a farmer in Maine on Wednesday, March 26, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at UMaine Extension, 165 East Main St., Dover-Foxcroft.

“Is Farming for ME?” will instruct attendees how to assess all assets that can contribute to a successful farm and where they can go for more information on starting a farm business plan. The program is part of the YOU CAN series of workshops developed to teach self-sufficiency skills to Maine families.

Donna Coffin, Extension Educator for Piscataquis and Penobscot counties and statewide resource for the Maine beef and equine industry, will lead the workshop. Cost is $5; pre-registration is required. To register, call 207.564.6525 or visit http://bit.ly/pyoucan. For more information, or to request a disability accommodation, call 207.564.3301 or 800.287.1491 (in Maine).

UMaine Extension offers hayfield, pasture management workshops

March 19th, 2014 10:22 AM
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Baling hayUniversity of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering free workshops on hayfield and pasture management this spring around the state.

Rick Kersbergen, UMaine Extension educator in Waldo County, will lead the “Got Hayfields?” workshops, which focus on how to best manage hayfields and pastures to produce high-quality feed for livestock. Topics include weed control, managing soil fertility, hay and pasture renovation techniques, grazing management and basics of forage quality.

Workshops are scheduled for the following dates, times and locations:

  • March 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m., UMaine Extension, 992 Waterville Road, Waldo
  • April 3, 6-8 p.m., Farmington Grange, 124 Bridge St., West Farmington
  • April 10, 7-9 p.m., UMaine Extension, 307 Maine Ave., Bangor
  • April 24, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Vassalboro Grange, Route 32, East Vassalboro
  • April 30, 2-4 p.m., UMaine Extension, 57 Houlton Road, Presque Isle
  • May 14, 5:30-7:30 p.m., UMaine Extension, 24 Main St., Lisbon Falls
  • June 3, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Noon Family Sheep Farm, 78 Sunset Road, Springvale

Pre-registration is requested. To register, or to request a disability accommodation, call 1.800.287.1426, or visit http://umaine.edu/waldo/programs/events/got-hayfields.

Swine Education Seminar on March 29, 2014

March 17th, 2014 10:23 AM
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pigUMaine Extension Penobscot County Office
307 Maine Avenue
Bangor, Maine 04401

8:45 AM: Registration

9:00 AM: Cindy Kilgore, Maine Department of Agriculture Conservation and Forestry; PQA Advisor for the State of Maine. Pork Quality Assurance Certification for pork producers.

11:30 AM: Adjourn

Lunch will be available at the 4-H counter; donations accepted.

Questions: Contact Cindy.kilgore@maine.gov  or 207.215.4968.

There is no cost for this seminar as materials are provided by National Pork Board via your check off dollars. We ask that you still register either by phone or email to Cindy Kilgore above so we can keep track of the numbers.

Attending this seminar will allow you to receive your certification with National Pork Board.

Maine Pork Producers Meeting, April 27, 2014

February 27th, 2014 8:49 AM
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Road sign: J.F. Witter Teaching and Research Center, Large Animal Research Farm, Maine Agricultural and Forest Experiment Station, The University of MaineMark your calendars! The Maine Pork Producers will meet on Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 11:00 AM in the conference room at Witter Farm, University of Maine, Orono. Speaker and agenda to be determined. Driving directions.

Swine Education Seminar, April 9, 2014, Augusta, Maine

February 24th, 2014 2:53 PM
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swine; photo by Edwin RemsbergFlorian Hall, Department of Public Safety
45 Commerce Drive, Augusta, Maine

Cost: $25.00 per person; includes lunch and paperwork; OR $20.00 for paid members of Maine Pork Producers

Veterinarians from the National Pork Board in Des Moines, Iowa, Drs. Jennifer Koeman, DVM, Director, Producer and Public Health, and Lisa Becton, DVM, Director of Swine Health Information and Research, will provide the latest information on swine health, public health, food safety, and animal welfare. Cindy Kilgore, Livestock specialist, Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry; PQA Advisor for State of Maine: PQA certification for pork producers.

Registration form: Word | PDF

For more information, contact Cindy.kilgore@maine.gov, 207.215.4968, Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.

Maine Grass Farmers Network 10th Annual Grazing Conference

February 18th, 2014 1:32 PM
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Grazing cattle

The Maine Grass Farmers Network (MGFN) annual Grazing Conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 15 at Kennebec Valley Community College in Fairfield.

The cost is $75 per person, $25 for each additional person from the same farm or household, with discounts for students and MGFN members. This conference is designed for livestock producers who want to learn how to best use pasture and forage crops to feed their livestock profitably.

This year’s conference features Forrest Pritchard, a professional farmer, writer and public speaker. His farm, Smith Meadows, is one of the first “grass finished” farms in the country, and has sold products at farmers markets in Washington, D.C., for 15 years. His book “Gaining Ground, A Story of Farmers’ Markets, Local Food and Saving the Family Farm” was named a Top Read by Publishers Weekly, The Washington Post and NPR’s “The Splendid Table.” Pritchard’s keynote presentation is “The Economics of Grass-Based Livestock.”

Additional presenters will include University of Vermont livestock specialist Joe Emenheiser and Crystal Springs Farm manager Seth Kroek. The conference will also feature the MGFN annual business meeting, a grass-fed beef cook-off and a trade show.

For more information and to register, visit the MGFN website at http://umaine.edu/livestock/mgfn/. For any questions or to request a disability accommodation, contact Rick Kersbergen, 207.342.5971; richard.kersbergen@maine.edu.

The MGFN Conference is co-sponsored by University of Maine Cooperative Extension; The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association; The Natural Resources Conservation Service; The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry; and the Maine Beef Producers Association.