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November 25, 2012

Farm briefs: Nov. 25, 2012

Sheep, goat care programs being offered

PLATTSBURGH — The Northern New York Livestock Team of Cornell Cooperative Extension will hold a Winter Sheep and Goat Care Program Thursday in Plattsburgh. 

At each program, a veterinarian will present good winter-health practices and tasks for attention before the weather turns colder, and Cornell Cooperative Extension Livestock Specialist Betsy Hodge and a local CCE representative will talk about feed inventory and how different winter-storage methods impact the amount of feed needed to keep sheep and goats all winter.

“Due to the dry North Country summer, many farmers harvested less feed than usual and the weather changed the quality of the feed,” Hodge said. “There is very little high-quality, second-cut hay available. Workshop participants will use worksheets to figure out how on-farm supply stacks up to the need for winter feed.”

The program fee is $5. It will be held at the CCE Clinton County office in Plattsburgh at 6:30 p.m. Call 561-7450 for more information.

CCE Clinton County Agriculture Educator Peter Hagar says interest in programs for small livestock producers is growing across the region. Ten producers are already registered.

Class prepares youth for snowmobiles

MALONE — The 4-H Youth Development Program of Cornell Cooperative Extension Franklin County is offering a youth Snowmobile Safety Certification Course Saturday, Dec. 8, at the 911 Building in Malone and again Saturday, Jan. 5, at the Rod & Gun Club in Tupper Lake from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Youth must attend the eight-hour training and pass the exam to receive the certificate. Youth must be 10 years of age and not older than 17 to take the course. A parent or guardian must sign a permission form prior to the course. Lunch or a snack with a drink and pencils should be brought to the class. The class size is limited to 20. Interested individuals must pre-register by calling the CCE office at 483-7403. 

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