Richard Brzozowski, University of Maine Cooperative Extension educator; and Anne Lichtenwalner, assistant professor, UMaine Extension veterinarian and director of the University of Maine Animal Health Laboratory, spoke about the importance of practicing bio-security on homesteads for the latest post in the Portland Press Herald blog “The Root: Dispatches from Maine’s food sources.” The author of the blog also wrote she hosted her home and garden during the UMaine Extension’s 5th annual Backyard Locavore Day.
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University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering a four week Livestock 101 online course starting April 2, 2012. This course will cover basic livestock care for small-scale livestock producers, 4-H project leaders and older 4-H youth. This program will provide general information on the care of cattle, sheep, goats, equines, pigs, and poultry for people just starting out or thinking about raising these animals.
Participants will learn basic feed and shelter requirements for their animals; understand how to maximize the use of their pasture; learn preventative health care for their animals; understand the differences and similarities between organic and conventional animal management; understand the production cycle; and understand the basics of recordkeeping and marketing options for their livestock.
Speakers include UMaine Extension Dr. Dick Brzozowski, Donna Coffin, Dr. Anne Lichtenwalner, Rick Kersbergen and Dr. Dave Marcinkowski. Cindy Kilgore from the Maine Department of Agriculture and Diane Schivera from the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association. This program is cosponsored by University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Maine Department of Agriculture and Maine Organic Farmers and Gardener’s Association.
Registration is $25 and starts March 9 and closes March 30, 2012. The course includes access to program information presented over four weeks, in addition supporting resources, email access and conference calls with presenters will be available. A high-speed broadband Internet connection is necessary, as the course contains streaming web video.
For more information visit www.umaine.edu/livestock/blog/2012/03/08/livestock-101/ or contact UMaine Extension Educator Donna Coffin, firstname.lastname@example.org, 207.564.3301 or in Maine 1.800.287.1491.
UMaine Extension programs are open and accessible to all in accordance with program goals. To provide adequate time to respond to requests for specific accommodations, please provide as much notice as possible.
Orono, ME—Basic techniques needed for small-scale livestock producers, 4-H project leaders and older 4-H youth will be the topic at Livestock 101 Field Day on Saturday, March 10th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Witter Farm, University of Maine, Orono. This program will provide hands-on livestock methods for people just starting out or thinking about raising these animals.
Participants will learn basic techniques such as measuring livestock vital signs, body condition assessment, how to manage injections, animal restraint, how to make a halter, reading a feed tag, grain & feed quality assessment, how to start or join a 4-H livestock club and bio-security for the small farm.
Speakers include Dr. Gary Anderson, Dr. Dick Brzozowski, Dr. Anne Lichtenwalner, Dr. Dave Marcinkowski from the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. Cindy Kilgore from the Maine Department of Agriculture.
This program is sponsored by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Maine Department of Agriculture and Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association. Pre-registration is required for this free program. Send your name, address, phone, and email to Melissa Libby, 134 Hitchner Hall, UMaine Extension, Orono, Maine 04469-5735, 207.581.2788 in Maine 1.800.287.7170 or Melissa.Libby1@maine.edu.
The program is free, but preregistration is required.
UMaine Extension programs are open and accessible to all in accordance with program goals. Any persons with a disability who needs accommodations for this program should contact Melissa Libby at 207.581.2788 to discuss their needs at least 14 days in advance.
Livestock Gross Margin (LGM)-Dairy crop insurance is predicted to sell out. Funding may be exhausted in the first enrollment opportunity, which is expected to start on Friday, October 28 at 5:oo PM, ending on Saturday, October 29 at 9:00 PM. To prepare, make an appointment with your crop insurance agent as soon as possible.