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Livestock Fencing Webinar to be held in January

a fence in a prairie

The Livestock Production and Principles for Beginners Webinar Series returns in 2024. This monthly series, first launched in 2023, addresses the needs of those who are getting started, exploring the concept of, or even assists those currently raising livestock. With a focus on helping those who are brand new to livestock, 4-H families may be interested in these sessions. 


"For those starting their livestock journey, we know that it can be challenging finding the right resources and getting the right answers," states Grant McCarty, Local Foods and Small Farms Educator. "These webinar series presented by U of I Extension experts aim to cover essential and relevant topics that producers can put into place the upcoming season, gaining confidence in their livestock production"


These sessions will all be held via the Zoom platform and begin at 6 p.m. on their respective nights. There will be a $15 fee to attend the whole series or a $5 fee per session. Pre-registration is required by the day before each session to receive the Zoom link to attend. To register or for more information, please visit us online at or call the University of Illinois Extension-Stephenson County at 815-235-4125.


The series will kick off with “A Fence Is A Fence, Right?” presented by Extension Educator Stanley Solomon on January 11. Fencing requirements differ by livestock species, age, disposition, and location. Solomon will discuss fencing types and designs to meet the needs of your livestock operation. Topics will include minimum requirements to keep animals contained, internal vs. external fences, fence material options, subdivision fence placement, and meeting legal requirements for fencing.


Additional sessions will include Equine Pasture Management (February 1), Selling Meat in Illinois (February 29), and Sheep and Goat Internal Parasite Management (March 14).


If you need reasonable accommodation to participate in any of these programs, please contact the University of Illinois Extension-Stephenson County at 815-235-4125. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your needs.

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