Protect Your Livestock Investment with Proper Livestock Handling Workshops

EVERETT, Wash. — Raising livestock requires an investment of money and time. Learn how to protect and get the most out of your livestock investment at the Beginning Livestock Handling and Care workshop series. The Washington State University Snohomish County Extension 4-H and Agriculture programs are presenting the classes.

Five hands-on workshops with live animals will be presented on Saturday, April 9, and Sunday, April 10, at the Sheriff’s Posse Arena, 5421 S. Machias Road, just north of Snohomish.

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A young swine handler demonstrates proper handling technique. Photo by Kate Halstead, WSU Extension. Click on photo to download high resolution image.

Saturday’s workshops will cover the basics of handling and proper care of all types of poultry from 9 to 11 am, and of beef from noon to 3 pm. Sunday’s workshops will cover safely raising swine from 9 to 11 am, the basics of raising and handling goats from noon to 2 pm, and of sheep from 2 to 4 pm.

The workshops will cover such topics as nutrition, fencing, housing, administering injections, hoof trimming and halter training. Seniors from the WSU Snohomish County 4-H Livestock Program experienced in raising prize-winning livestock will teach the workshops. Attendees also will receive a CD-ROM loaded with resources for each species.

Attendees can sign up for as many workshops as they would like. Class size is limited and advance registration is required. The cost is $35 per person for any individual workshop, $70 for any two, $100 for any three, $125 for four and $150 to attend all five.

To sign up, download the registration form at and mail with your check, or contact Karie Christensen at 425-357-6039 or by  e-mail at

For more information on the workshops, contact Marilyn Segle at 425-357-6044 or 425-357-6044.