Extension Ag Update
November/December 2003
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County Agriculture Calendar

New programs are being confirmed every day. Keep in touch with your Extension Office for programs addressing the topics that interest you and are offered in your County. To find your counties website go to: http://web.extension.uiuc.edu/cie2/offices/findoffice.cfm

Statewide University of Illinois Extension Calendar Website

Check out Extension’s searchable calendar to find programs throughout the state. Search by location, topic or date to find a program of your interest. To search for CCA-CEU’s, type CCA in the search box.

“Feeding for Showing” Thursday, March 11, 2004, 6:30—8:30pm

Kevin Kline, Ph. D, Equine Specialist, University of Illinois Extension will present practical methods for achieving desirable body condition in horses of all ages for showing, racing and sale preparation while avoiding health problems sometimes associated with high concentrate diets. The program will be at the McHenry Community College, Crystal Lake, IL. The registration deadline is Thursday, March 4. For registration information contact University of Illinois Extension - McHenry County at 815-338-3737.

“Horse Boarding 101” Thursday, April 8, 2004, 6:30 - 8:30pm

Have questions about boarding your horse? Not sure about your legal rights and responsibilities as a horse owner versus rights and responsibilities of the stable owner? Get all of your questions answered from experts who have had years of experience in this area. Presenters will be Gail Haskins, Equine Attorney and Deneen Smith & Frank Calzavara, Horse Owners, Trainers and Boarders. This workshop will be help at the Kenosha County Center, 19600 75th Street, Bristol, Wisconsin. The registration deadline is April 1. For more information, contact. Rose Skora, 262-857-1948 or 262-886-8464, rose.skora@ces.uwex.edu.

“Pasture Walk for Horses,” Saturday, May 15, 2004, 10 a.m.—Noon

Prairie Crossing Stable began rotationally grazing two herds of horses on 16 acres five years ago. Their pasture management has allowed them to substantially lower their hay costs. Ellen Phillips, Crops Educator, University of Illinois Extension will lead the Pasture Walk where we will identity pasture forages and weeds as well as look at their fencing and watering systems. Program will run rain or shine. The registration deadline is May 7. The pasture walk will be held at Prairie Crossing, 32400 Harris Road, Grayslake IL. For registration information, please contact University of Illinois Extension - Lake County, 847-233-8627

Bi-State Meat Goat Seminar

A seminar on meat goat production will be held April 20 at the Vermilion County 4-H Fairgrounds in Cayuga, Indiana co-sponsored by University of Illinois Extension and Purdue University Extension. The seminar begins at 5:30 p.m. and ends at 8:30 p.m. Topics included on the program are: owner evaluation of meat goats, making goat-friendly pastures, health, and marketing options. There is a $10 per person charge for adults and $5 per 4-H member. The fee includes a meal. Registrations are due April 13. More information and registration can be obtained by contacting Lisa Ellis at the Edgar County (IL) Extension office at (217) 465-8585, Edgar_co@extension.uiuc.edu. The Vermillion County 4-H Fairgrounds is located 13 miles south of Interstate 74 on Indiana 63. For more information contact A. Richard Cobb (217) 333-7351.