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Northwest Iowa Dairy Outlooks

A local discussion of current science and issues concerning dairying in northwest iowa

The Backyard Basics series is a program is for Texoma families interested in developing their property for beauty and utility- including growing some of their own food. Throughout 2013, the series will cover backyard poultry, critters, vegetables, herbs, food preservation, butterflies, rainwater harvesting, backyard cooking and bar-b-que.

The first installment of the series begins at 9 a.m. on Monday, January 21 and will cover raising poultry for meat and eggs or just for the majesty they can bring to your yard. The speakers with share the most current information on regulations, bird health, facilities and current topics in the news.  The poultry program will end before noon.

Dr. Morgan Farnell is an associate professor and extension poultry specialist with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service. Farnell’s range of poultry research includes bird health, pre-harvest food safety, gut health (prebiotics, probiotics, drugs, and vaccines), alternative feedstuffs, and cleaning of poultry facilities.

Jeff Raska is the Dallas County Poultry Program Coordinator. He developed the” Chickens in the Garden” workshop for Master Gardeners and is helping cities set up education programs for their communities on” Best Practice” guidelines for the Backyard Poultry movement.  His topics will include: basic and fun facts, benefits and rewards, housing guidelines and commitment  plus general care and nutrition.

Beginning at 1p.m. a “backyard critters program” will help Texoma families understand their relationship with wild animals in urban surrounding where natural habitat and homes occupy the same space. The speakers will review what homeowners can do to encourage the wildlife they want and discourage the critters they don’t want. This program will end by 3 p.m.

The cost of the series will be a one-time registration fee of $15 or you can pay $10 at the door for individual programs during the year. Registration will be at the door. For more information contact the Texas AgriLIFE Extension Service office in Wichita County at 940.716.8610.



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