Rick Kersbergen, sustainable dairy and forage systems educator with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, was quoted in a Bangor Daily News article on the variety of Maine farm shares. Kersbergen said popular farmers markets, such as those in Belfast and Orono, are “just about impossible to get into,” and diversifying farm shares is one way farmers can continue to directly sell products to consumers.
The October/November issue of Farm Scoop is now available: Farm Scoop – October/November 2013. Read about the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) Farmer to Farmer Conference, Free Work Safety Stickers, Ethnic Marketing of Lamb and Mutton Webinar Series, Maine Hay and Straw Directories, Cornell Online Berry Production Course, and the Annual Maine Beef Conference.
University of Maine Cooperative Extension invites sheep producers to participate in a free, four-part webinar series designed to help them explore the feasibility of marketing lamb and mutton to ethnic consumers.
“Ethnic Marketing of Lamb and Mutton – An Educational Program for U.S. Sheep Producers” will be broadcast live on Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. on November 19 and 26, and December 3 and 10. Presentations will be archived for later viewing.
Sheep marketing experts will be featured in each 60- to 90-minute presentation. Readings, self-driven activities, assignments and group discussions will supplement the sessions; which will also be useful for goat producers.
November 19 – Ethnic Market Background
November 26 – Understanding the Ethnic Consumer
December 3 – Understanding and Evaluating Your Market Options
December 10 – Your Marketing Plan
Richard Brzozowski of UMaine Cooperative Extension, Susan Schoenian of the University of Maryland Extension, and Roger High of the Ohio State University designed the educational outreach series.
Please visit the UMaine Sheep and Goats website for more information and to register online. For disability accommodations, contact Richard Brzozowski at email@example.com or 207.781.6099 (TDD 1.800.287.8957).
Providing proper housing for your livestock is an important aspect to the success of your farming operation, no matter the size. The health and performance of your sheep or goats depends upon their comfort in every season. Proper housing need not be elaborate or expensive – just appropriate. In addition, the housing and equipment you use can save time and labor. How much time do you spend caring for or handling your livestock? Can these regular activities be streamlined? Being as efficient as possible will make a difference for you, your health and bottom line.
After participating in this seminar, you will be able to effectively assess your situation and make the necessary changes – from air exchange, to cleaning, handling, loading livestock, feed or supply storage and more.
Please make plans to attend this practical seminar scheduled for 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Kennebec Valley Community College in Fairfield, Maine. For more information 2013 Maine Sheep & Goat Housing and Equipment Seminar
Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) is a preventable, but fatal, disease. Horses (and other equine species) are the most sensitive to the disease, but other domestic animals, including llamas and alpacas and some bird species, can be affected by EEE. Unfortunately, this disease can also affect humans — if they are bitten by mosquitoes that carry the virus. Learn more about the transmission and prevention of EEE in Bulletin #1003, Preventing Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) Virus in Maine. Printed color copies can be ordered from the UMaine Extension Publications Catalog.
Rick Kersbergen, sustainable dairy and forage systems educator with University of Maine Cooperative Extension, was mentioned in the latest post of the Portland Press Herald blog, “The Root: Dispatches from Maine’s food sources.” Kersbergen moderated the “Meat, Milk and the Future of Livestock Farming in Maine” panel during the Maine Farmland Trust’s Maine Fare Event in Belfast.
The Sun Journal previewed the daylong Maine Sheep and Goat Housing and Equipment Seminar that will take place Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Kennebec Valley Community College in Fairfield. University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering the seminar with the Maine Sheep Breeders Association, Boer Goat Breeders of Maine and regional dairy goat associations of Maine.
University of Maine Cooperative Extension will present a daylong Maine Sheep & Goat Housing and Equipment Seminar on October 19, 2013 at Kennebec Valley Community College in Fairfield, Maine, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
UMaine Extension is offering the seminar in cooperation with the Maine Sheep Breeders Association, Boer Goat Breeders of Maine and regional dairy goat associations of Maine.
The $35 per-person fee includes a reference notebook, refreshments and a hot lunch that includes Maine lamb. Online registration for the class is available at the UMaine Extension Livestock website, umaine.edu/livestock/sheep/sheep-goat-housing-seminar. For more information, or to request a disability accommodation, call Justine Denny at 207.781.6099 or 800.287.1471 (in Maine only).
John Porter, University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension professor, will lead the class. In addition, farmers will talk about housing and equipment that have worked well for them and their livestock.
“Housing is an important consideration for sheep or goat producers,” says UMaine Extension Poultry and Small Ruminant Specialist Richard Brzozowski. “Livestock facilities should be well designed for animal comfort, easy cleaning and efficient management. Multiuse of housing should also be considered. Producers who participate in this one-day seminar will learn how to design or adapt their facilities with profitability in mind.”
The University of Maine Cooperative Extension has named Dr. Richard Brzozowski as Maine small ruminant and poultry specialist. Brzozowski has worked as an Extension educator in Maine since 1987. He will continue to be based in Cumberland County, providing targeted, enhanced programming efforts to assist producers of sheep, goats, camelids, and all species of poultry throughout the state.
As a part of his new responsibilities, Brzozowski will offer two blogs on a regular basis — one blog for small ruminant producers and the other blog for poultry producers. These electronic communications will feature timely topics directed at production, management, and marketing.
If there are particular topics you would like to see Brzozowski address in his blogs, please contact him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The September 2013 issue of Farm Scoop is now available and includes information about So You Want to Farm in Maine? — A Short Course for Individuals Who Want a Profitable Farm Operation; a new online form to report livestock losses from predators; a hands-on workshop on Four Season Gardening; Lyme Disease statistics for Maine; SARE Partnership Grants for farmers and growers; tax tips if you’re starting a business, and more.
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