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Cooperative Extension Hosts Chicken Harvesting and Winter-Feeding of Sheep, Goats Workshops in October

By Jesse Wood

Oct. 5, 2012. The Watauga Cooperative Extension Center will offer two classes in the coming weeks pertaining to chicken harvesting and winter feeding of sheep and goats.

On Saturday, Oct. 13, the Agricultural Conference Center hosts a workshop designed for the backyard chicken producer or for anyone interested in raising chickens and harvesting their own meat. The class starts at 9 a.m. and runs til 12 p.m.

The fee for the class is $15 and is due that day. It includes a processed chicken to take home. Class size is limited. For more information or to register, call 828-264-3061.

The class will utilize ASU Sustainable Development’s mobile processing unit, but the workshop will also discuss equipment needed for small home processing. Margie Mansure, FCS Extension Agent, will demonstrate how to utilize the harvested bird, cut the bird and make and store stock.

On Thursday, Oct. 18, the Agricultural Conference Center in downtown Boone will host the winter feeding class at 7 p.m. With the increased costs of feed making winter feeding challenging, the class will cover feedstuffs, formulating rations, winter parasite management and feeding equipment to reduce waste.

If you have a laptop computer, the organizers ask that you bring it, and the class will cover how to use a ration program to develop least-cost rations and compare valuations.

This class is free. For more information or to register, call 828-264-3061.

For more info about the Extension Center, click here: http://wataugaces.blogspot.com/