University of Illinois Extension will be offering two workshops aimed at people who are interested in raising chickens on small farms.
Raising chickens is both easy and "green." Chickens are among the easiest, most forgiving, creatures for a small farm to manage. Join U of I specialists Ken Koelkebeck and Pam Utterback to learn the basics on Wednesday, August 29. This workshop will be beneficial for both the seasoned and new poultry raisers.
The morning workshop will be at U of I Extension, Grundy County, 4004 N Division, Morris, Ill., from 9 a.m. to noon. For further information contact U of I Extension, Grundy County, at 815-942-2725, check its website at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/gkw, or contact James Theuri at 815-933-8337 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The evening workshop will be from 6 to 9 p.m. at U of I Extension, Ogle County office, 421 W. Pine, Oregon, Ill. For further information, contact U of I Extension, Ogle County, at 815-732-2191, check its website at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/bdo, or contact Ellen Phillips at email@example.com or 815-732-2191.
The fee for participation is $10 per person ($5 for each additional person from the same homestead) and includes light refreshments. Pre-registration and fee is required by August 27.
University of Illinois Extension invites horse owners to participate in a free telenet to learn about their options for feeding their horses this winter. The workshop, "Emergency Drought Telenet for Horse Owners," will be held Tuesday, August 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. Participants will be able to listen in from their home.
The lack of rainfall has forced many horse owners to remove their animals from pasture and scramble for hay. "Hay prices have reached more than $10 per bale in some places in northern Illinois," explains Ellen Phillips, U of I Extension local food systems and small farms educator.
Pastures are slow to recover due to limited rainfall. Many hay producers did not take a second cutting of hay, leading to diminished supplies and higher prices. Therefore, horse owners will have limited options this winter.
To address this issue, the workshop will cover:
- Hay: Prices, Supplies, and Sourcing, Ron Tombaugh, Dart Hay Service
- Pampering Pastures in Drought, Ellen Phillips, U of I Extension local food systems and small farm educator
- Alternative Feeds for Horses, Kevin Kline, U of I Extension equine specialist
There is no fee for this program, but participants must pre-register by Monday, August 20, to reserve a telenet line and receive handouts via e-mail.
To participate, a phone, email, computer, and internet access are needed. Speaker phones are recommended.
To register go to: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/bdo/ or call 815-732-2191. For more information, contact Phillips, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 815-732-2191.
This program is being organized and sponsored by U of I Extension and the Illinois Horsemen's Council.