Here is a press release for a workshop scheduled for 8/13 for new and
beginning livestock farmers -- please help us spread the word--thanks!
The workshop brochure can be found at http://www.uvm.edu/wagn/womeninag.html
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Women’s Agricultural Network, 802-233-2389, [log in to unmask]
Livestock Workshop to Help Beginning Farmers Learn about Water, Wire and
Huntington – A day-long workshop planned for August 13, 2008 in
Huntington, Vermont will help farmers new to livestock farming learn
more about fencing and watering systems, as well as strategies for
maintaining healthy animals.
“Water, Wire and Wellness” will be held at Maple Wind Farm, a
pasture-based farm producing beef, lamb, pork and poultry, as well as
vegetables, flowers, herbs, and maple products.
The workshop will start with an overview of the farm given by Maple Wind
Farm owner Bruce Hennessey. The following topics will be addressed:
fencing systems, including principals of grazing systems, and different
fencing needs for beef, sheep, pork, and poultry; water systems
including a visit to Maple Wind’s newly re-developed spring with
gravity-fed surface lines; and methods to promote livestock health and
prevent illness with UVM Extension Livestock Specialist and farmer Sam
Comstock. The day will include discussion of resources to support
beginning farmers and time for questions and answers.
The workshop will run on August 13 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with on-site
check-in starting at 8:45 a.m. It will be held rain or shine;
participants are asked to dress accordingly. Participants should bring
their own lunch; the workshop fee will cover materials, drinks and desserts.
Pre-registration is strongly encouraged because space is limited to 50;
registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The
fee is $25 per person and is due by August 4; after that date, the fee
is $40 per person. To register, send your check, made payable to “UVM,”
to From the Ground Up, UVM Extension, 617 Comstock Road, Berlin, VT
05602. For more details, see the program brochure on-line at the “WAgN
Workshops” website at uvm.edu/wagn.
The workshop is sponsored by University of Vermont Extension Women’s
Agricultural Network and Center for Sustainable Agriculture with grant
support from USDA-CSREES, USDA-RMA and the Northeast Center for Risk
Management Education. UVM and USDA, cooperating, offer education and
employment to everyone without regard to race, color, national origin,
gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation
and marital or familial status. Individuals requiring accommodations or
financial assistance to participate in this program should contact WAgN
at [log in to unmask] or 802-223-2389 by August 4, 2008.