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September 2, 2012

Farm briefs: Sept. 2, 2012


Chicken Harvest Seminars to be offered

JAY — Ward Lumber is hosting three Chicken Harvest Seminars for anyone who is interested in learning to harvest their own chickens.

There are three dates at two locations from which to choose. The first is on Thursday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at John Tuper’s Farm in Bombay. The hosts are Tom and Tammy Tuper. The other two seminars will be held at Ward Lumber in Jay on either Friday or Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon.

This hands-on seminar is for seasoned farmers as well as new or aspiring farmers. The educational event will offer the participant the opportunity to learn and participate in the on-farm harvest of meat chickens. The goal of the seminar is for attendees to add to their skills and/or acquire new skills to harvest their own birds on the farm.

Seminar attendees will learn the proper, up-to-date techniques for processing poultry including how to prepare before harvest day, handling to minimize stress and eliminate bruising and breaking, humane bleeding using cones, scalding using a Featherman thermostatically controlled propane scalder, plucking using a Featherman Pro Plucker, eviscerating using proper techniques, and packaging using shrink bags for a great presentation and to reduce freezer burn. Attendees will be using the poultry-processing equipment available at Ward Lumber.

The presenter will be Jay Ward, who has raised various types of livestock on and off since age 8 and is currently raising chickens (meat and replacement pullets), pigs and alpacas. Ward has trained with skilled poultry slaughterers and many chicken farmers sharing the best practices and techniques for chicken harvesting. He assembled and field tested a suite of portable poultry-processing equipment to enable farmers to more easily harvest their own chicken on their farms.

The cost is $10 per person and advance registration required. The class size is limited to be sure each attendee has ample opportunity to learn and participate. For additional information and to register, visit, email or call Kim Brown at 946-2110, Ext.120.

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