Northwest NEWS

October 23, 2000


Free workshops for livestock owners

The King Conservation District(KCD) is offering three free workshops for livestock owners. Get hands-on help with turning your farm into a more useable place for you, your animals and the environment. With one-on-one guidance from KCD farm planners and technicians you will design, construct and implement livestock management practices for your farm that specifically meet your needs and circumstances.
   Workshops will be held in Redmond on three Wednesday evenings, from 6:30 - 9 p.m. at the King County Library, 15810 NE 85th.
   On Nov. 1, join the KCD for Mud Management: Record Rainfall/Record Mud. Attend this workshop to develop a mud management plan. Design a confinement area for livestock, select footing material, estimate gutter and downspout needs based on barn roof runoff, plan livestock watering option, and develop a confinement schedule. It's always the right time to prepare for wet weather.
   Nov. 8th's workshop, Manure Management: Got Livestock? Got Manure, will cover manure composting and utilization on your farm. Discover what's possible based on your finances, time and ability. Learn how to estimate the volume of manure produced by your livestock and design and construct manure storage bunkers or compost bins. Develop a plan to spread composted manure on your pastures.
   Attend Nov. 15 for Streams and Wetlands: Living with Livestock near Water Learn to design a stream or wetland buffer of native plants and a restoration plan. Calculate the length and cost of a livestock exclusion fence to keep animals out of sensitive areas, select native plants suited to your property, determine plant placement, and outline a maintenance plan. Take the plunge - protect your property, water quality, and fish and wildlife habitat.
   Attend all three workshops, or only those that meet your needs. Workshops are free but pre-registration is required.
   Register through the King Conservation District at (206) 764-3410, ext. 120. Class size is limited; please call to register or for more information.