Northwest NEWS

November 12, 2001

School

Training available for Livestock Advisor Volunteers

Learn more about caring for your livestock and how you can share your knowledge with others.
   Livestock owners in King County who would like to learn more about the care of their animals and are willing to share their knowledge with other livestock owners and their communities are invited to enroll in the Livestock Advisor Volunteer Training Program. The program is sponsored by WSU Cooperative Extension King County, and the King County Dept. of Natural Resources and Parks.
   Applications are now being accepted for the trainings that will be held in Enumclaw for ten weeks, from Jan. 25 to March 29, with classes held on Fridays. Participants in the training program are selected based on an application and an interview. Class size is limited, and completed applications must be received no later than 4:30 p.m., Jan. 7.
   The training is free, but in turn the trained volunteers must provide at least 80 hours of educational service during the first year after training is completed. Livestock Advisors who have completed the training provide assistance on basic animal management and farm best management practices. They may also assist with farmstead layout, fencing and farm safety. Trainees may choose their own volunteer projects or projects can be suggested.
   Instruction is provided by Washington State University faculty, local farmers, veterinarians and other experts, and includes plenty of hands-on demonstrations. Topics include animal health, behavior and handling, best management practices, farm planning, feeding and nutrition, fencing and mud and manure management. Participants will also learn about organic practices and certification, pasture management, pests and predators, regulations and responsibilities, water quality and soils and weed control.
   To request a Livestock Advisor information and application packet, contact the WSU Cooperative Extension King County by e-mail wsu.coopext@metrokc.gov or leave a message at (206) 205-3105. Be sure to provide your name and mailing address.