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Feb 27

What's New With Bird Flu?

2:00 pm EST

Avian influenza  is a disease of wild birds and domestic poultry caused by many different subtypes of Type A influenza virus. The natural reservoir for Type A influenza viruses is wild water birds such as ducks and geese. New influenza A subtypes are continually emerging in the waterfowl population due to the constant mutation of the virus.

Join us for this webinar to hear Dr. Nathaniel Tablante discuss the latest developments regarding avian influenza and what you can do to protect your flocks. All types of domestic poultry will be covered. 

Dr. Tablante is Associate Director of the Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine at the University of Maryland, Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. He also serves as the University of Maryland Point of Contact to EDEN. 

The free webinar is open to everyone and is especially suited for  poultry producers and small flock owners, and Extension agriculture agents. 

Dr. Virginia White will moderate.

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Nathaniel Tablante

Feb 27

Waste to Worth Preview: Gypsum Bedding Risks and Rewards

2:30 pm EST

A preview of the useful topics that will be discussed and presented via posters and informational sessions at the Waste to Worth Conference in Seattle, a group of professors and extension professionals present about the use of gypsum in dairy bedding. Gypsum recycled from dry wall is used to supplement traditional bedding materials with agronomic, milk quality, and cow health benefits. But once in the manure storage, gypsum bedding is a source of sulfur that leads to increased hydrogen sulfide gas production. This toxic gas is commonly found at deadly levels in enclosed manure pits, though dangerous levels are found even around outdoor open-air storages during agitation of gypsum manure.

An application for continuing education credit for Certified Crop Advisors (CCAs) and members of the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS) has been submitted.

Presenters include:
  • Joe Harrison, Washington State University
  • Robb Meinen, Penn State University
  • Mike Hile, Penn State University
Find out more about this webcast and future webcasts by the Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center (LPELC).



Presenters

Robert Meinen, Joe Harrison

Mar 02

Getting started with sheep and goat management

7:00 pm EST

This program is part of a 20-webinar Michigan State University Extension 2015 Beginning Farmer Webinar Series.  A descriptive flyer and on-line registration and payment for any or all of the webinars is available at http://events.anr.msu.edu/beginningfarmerwebinars/  A registration fee of $10 per webinar, or $100 for all 20 webinars is required.

Getting started with sheep and goat management

Mike Metzger, MSU Extension

Monday, March 2, 2015, 7-9pm

Small ruminants, including sheep and goats, can be a viable livestock enterprise for beginners or established farms wanting to include a livestock enterprise.  Conventional lamb and wool markets are options, as well as specialty markets like meat goats, specialty fibers, dairy and craft cheese.  This program will introduce you to the opportunities and challenges involved with raising sheep and goats.

 






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