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Students help ag newcomers in animal care workshops

4-H students will help newcomers to agriculture learn to tend to their animals at the WSU Snohomish County Extension May 3-4. The workshops feature demonstrations and hands-on workshops with live animals, including sheep, goats, beef cattle and poultry.
Matthew Weaver

Capital Press

Published on April 18, 2014 11:49AM

Newcomers to agriculture will get hands-on experience working with animals at a workshop offered by 4-H members.

Washington State University’s Snohomish County Extension will host a livestock handling and care workshop May 3-4 at the Sheriff’s Posse Arena, 5421 S. Machias Road in Snohomish, Wash.

Pre-registration is required.

“These are kids that are very knowledgeable — they have been hand-selected to be instructors,” said Marilyn Segle, 4-H volunteer coordinator.

Part of 4-H is youth development and leadership. The experience gives the students an opportunity to work at an adult level. They’ve been taught how to present themselves and know how to care for the animals, Segle said.

“They are experts in their field — even though they may be young, they do know what they’re talking about,” she said.

This is the fourth year for the workshop.

The purpose is to train people who are new to working with animals, including handling, feeding, housing and proper care.

The workshop handles training for sheep from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and goats from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., on May 3, and beef cattle from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and poultry from 2 to 4:30 p.m., on May 4.

“We have a lot of new backyard farmers,” Segle said. “They’ll go to a show or something and think, ‘I can raise this animal, that’s no problem.’”

Animals at a 4-H show are well-groomed, taken care of and used to people, Segle said.

“Then they go and buy an animal and all of a sudden, they are not able to take care of it, (don’t) know what to do with it and it’s a wild animal,” she said. “We’re looking to help people get through the initial firsts of experiences and learn what they should be doing.”

Segle hopes participants will leave understanding how to raise their animals in a proper environment, with proper fencing.

“People will go away with the knowledge of what they need to do for their animal,” she said.

Cost is $25 per person per session.


Register online at

http://livestock.brownpapertickets.com or download a form at http://snohomish.wsu.edu/livestock-handling-and-care and mail with a check.

For more information, contact Karie Christensen at 425-357-6039 or christensen4@wsu.edu">christensen4@wsu.edu


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