The Washington State University Livestock Adviser program is accepting applicants for 10 weeks of training beginning March 26.
The program covers housing, nutrition, feeding, fencing, mud and manure management, and weed and pasture management systems for sheep, beef, swine, poultry, goats, horses, llamas, alpacas and more.
"This class helped me refine my livestock management practices to meet our family's goals of raising livestock the most humane way possible without additives, antibiotics or growth hormones while knowing where our food comes from," WSU program coordinator Joan DeVries, a recent graduate, said.
Cost of the 10-week course is $250 with a second person from the farm or family free. Training will be from 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays from March 26 through May 28 at Stanwood High School.
Participants are asked to return 50 hours of volunteer time over a two-year period, crafting the experience to match their interests.
Registration and information: WSU Skagit County Extension at http://skagit.wsu.edu or 360-428-4270, ext. 0.