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Livestock Advisor program offers training for beginning farmers

Aug 2nd, 2013 | Category: News

MOUNT VERNON – Designed for beginning farmers WSU Livestock Advisor training begins a new 10-week series on Sept. 17. The program includes information about nutrition, fencing, feeding, housing, breeding, pasture management, and how to raise high quality poultry, sheep, beef, swine, goats, and more in a sustainable, humane way. The class meets Tuesday evenings from Sept. 17 through Nov. 19 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Skagit County Extension office in Burlington. The program is open to anyone looking to raise livestock for family use or beginning a business model. According to WSU Program Coordinator Joan DeVries a recent graduate stated, “Our family wants to know where their food comes from and this class  gave us the information we needed to raise our own bacon and eggs.” Several local farm tours are also included in training. Livestock Advisors provide networking for one another as well as sharing experiences. Participants are asked to return 50 hours of volunteer time over a two-year period, crafting the experience to match their availability and interests. The cost of the course is $225 with a second person from the farm or family free. For more information, visit http://skagit.wsu.edu, or contact Joan DeVries at (360) 428-4270 ext. 240 or joanrd@co.skagit.wa.us.

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