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July 7, 2013

Farm briefs: July 7, 2013

Ward Lumber to host Chicken Harvest Seminar

JAY — Ward Lumber is hosting a Chicken Harvest Seminar at Ward Lumber in Malone on Thursday, July 25, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

This hands-on seminar is for the seasoned farmer or new or aspiring farmers who are interested in learning to harvest their own chickens. The educational event will offer the attendee the opportunity to learn and participate in the 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 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 Featherman Pro Plucker, evisceration using proper techniques and packaging using shrink bags to reduce freezer burn.

Presenter Jay Ward has raised various types of livestock on and off since age 8 and is currently raising chickens (meat and replacement pullets), swine and alpacas. He 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 chickens on their farms. Attendees will be using the poultry-processing equipment available at Ward Lumber in Jay.

Class size is very limited to assure that each attendee has ample opportunity to learn and participate. The cost is $25 per person. Attendees get a fresh chicken. Pre-registration is required, and class size is limited. To register and for more information, go to www.WardLumber.com.

Handicapped permits, rentals offered for Farm Days

SENECA FALLS — Those who need to use motorized carts to move about the 300-acre outdoor Empire Farm Days event at Rodman Lott and Son Farms in Seneca Falls can rent golf carts on-site or call ahead to request a handicapped permit to use their own golf-cart vehicle.

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