EVERETT, Wash. – The Washington State University Livestock Advisors program has scheduled two workshops on raising small livestock for food, fun and profit. Both workshops will be held in the Cougar Auditorium at the WSU Snohomish County Extension office, 600 – 128th Street S.E., Everett.
A workshop on raising sheep and goats will be held on Wednesday, Mar. 5, from 6 to 9 pm. The workshop will cover how to raise healthy goats including selecting a breeder, feeding and nutrition, pedicures, parasite management, vaccinations and goat training.
Beginning sheep care topics will include pasture management and diet, hoof care, immunizations, shearing and lambing. Those attending also will meet local goat and sheep producers and learn how to tap into a broad range of available local resources.
A workshop on raising pigs and poultry will be held on Wednesday, Mar. 12, from 6 to 9 pm. Participants will learn how to select and care for wiener pigs and how to raise a flock of laying hens or meat birds. Swine topics will include healthcare, feed and pastured pigs, housing structures and deep bedding systems.
Poultry issues to be covered include breeds, housing, healthcare, pastured poultry and feeds.
The cost of the workshops is $35 each, or both workshops for $60. Advance registration is required. Register by calling 425-338-2400 or download the registration form and mail it with a check for the registration fee.
WSU Livestock Advisors are trained and certified members of a volunteer program sponsored by WSU Extension. Advisors are available to provide research-based information to livestock producers on raising, breeding, and housing livestock using current best farm management practices.
For more information, contact Joan DeVries, 360.428.4270.