Poultry workshops to be Held in Hutchinson, Lamberton, and Park Rapids

Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
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University of Minnesota Extension and Rural Advantage are offering three poultry workshops for those who are currently producing poultry or for those that are interested in getting started. The sites include Hutchinson, Lamberton, and Park Rapids. There is a cost for each of the workshops and pre-registration is necessary. There will be CD's with the information presented and further materials for each person who attends.

The course will be geared toward the needs of farmers who are producing chickens in alternative settings such as: using portable structures on pasture, using a free range system, using housing that allows amplified space for the birds, using little or no antibiotics, or those marketing direct to consumers or supplying local co-ops, grocery stores, and restaurants. Growing demand by consumers for poultry produced in this manner and greater interest by smaller scale farmers who seek to increase income and profitability have created the need for this type of workshop.

• Hutchinson: Thursday, March 18, 6:30-9 p.m., McLeod County Fairgrounds - 840 Century Ave. SW - Hutchinson, MN 55350; (Meeting room is across from the Extension office.) Speaker: Dr. Jacquie Jacob - University of Kentucky

Topics: Poultry Health and Nutrition and other topics as requested by participants.

Registration Fee: $10 - RSVP by March 17

• Lamberton: Friday, March 19, 1-4 p.m., Southwest Research and Outreach Center - 23669 130th St. - Lamberton, MN 56152; Speaker: Dr. Jacquie Jacob - University of Kentucky

Topics: Poultry Health and Nutrition and other topics as requested by participants.

Registration Fee: $10 - RSVP by March 17

• Park Rapids: Saturday, March 20, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Faith Baptist Church - 1505 Park Ave. S. - Park Rapids, MN 56470-1591; (The church is located on Highway 71 south. The workshop will be held in the Fellowship Hall. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m.)

Speakers/Topics:

Dr. Jacquie Jacob - University of Kentucky/Poultry Health and Nutrition

Jim Stordahl - University of Minnesota Extension/Breeds, Housing, Predators

Suzanne Peterson - Producer/Ducks & Geese Breeds, Health Management, Nutrition,   Marketing

Levi Muhl - Minnesota Department of Agriculture/Processing, Labeling

Registration Fee: $25 - RSVP by March 15

* Please be sure to pre-register in order to get a lunch count.*

To pre-register please contact: Wayne Martin, University of Minnesota Alternative Livestock Systems, (612) 625-6224, or at < This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. >.

Also contact with any workshop related or weather related questions.