Posted: Thursday, October 11, 2012 12:00 PM
Series designed for inexperienced livestock owners, small operations
The Spokane Conservation District will present a series of workshops for livestock producers on best management practices.
The Livestock and Land workshops will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays in Chattaroy, Wash, beginning Oct. 23 and Thursdays in Fairfield, Wash., beginning Oct. 25. The workshops run for four weeks and cost $40, which includes a farm tour.
The workshops are designed to assist livestock owners in using best management practices for animal health, efficiency, reducing dust and odors and handling manure, Jim Armstrong, district communications and special projects coordinator, said.
They are intended for owners of 10 to 20 acres who keep horses or livestock but don't have much experience running a livestock operation, he said. That includes 4-H members.
Armstrong said there are manure management issues throughout the region, particularly in the winter, when animals are more confined. Manure must be removed from the areas where animals reside and stored to protect nearby waterways when the snow and ground thaw.