Workshop offers advice for small-scale poultry owners

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension offers a small-scale poultry class Sept. 17 to help poultry owners improve their operations and protect their flocks.

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension offers a small-scale poultry class Sept. 17 to help poultry owners improve their operations and protect their flocks.

RENO — Small-scale backyard poultry has become quite popular in recent years in Northern Nevada. University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s Herds and Harvest Program is offering a small-scale poultry class Sept. 17 to help poultry owners get a good start and maintain a healthy flock.

“More people want to know where their food comes from, and as such, they desire to produce at least some of their own food,” said Extension Educator Steve Lewis, who organized the workshop. “This class will help them get started, as well as provide resources to help them along. It will also give them ideas to improve their operation and protect their chickens.”

Topics include th following:

Getting started: facility requirements, chicken sources, free ranging tips, manure management and safety concerns, taught by Rob Holley from Holley Farms

Common diseases in backyard poultry and the role of the Nevada Animal Disease Lab, taught by Keith Forbes from the Nevada Department of Agriculture

Producer certification labeling and grading standards, taught by Marlea Stout from the Nevada Department of Agriculture

Laws and restrictions – what’s legal and what’s not, taught by Environmental Health Specialist Dave McNinch with the Washoe County Health District

Health and nutrition, feeds and feeding, egg production and sales, taught by Wendy Baroli from Girl Farm

What a small-scale operation will cost, taught by Extension Educator Carol Bishop

The workshop is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Washoe County Cooperative Extension office, 4955 Energy Way in Reno. Register online at http://renopoultryclass.eventbrite.com.

It will also be available via interactive video at the following locations:

Elko County Cooperative Extension office, 701 Walnut St. in Elko. Register online at https://elkopoultryclass.eventbrite.com

Churchill County Cooperative Extension office, 111 Sheckler Road in Fallon. Register online at http://fallonpoultry.eventbrite.com

Lyon County Cooperative Extension office, 504 S. Main St. in Yerington. Register online at http://yeringtonpoultryclass.eventbrite.com

The cost is $20 per person and includes snacks and workshop materials. Those attending are encouraged to preregister at the websites given above to ensure ample space and educational materials are available. You can also register by contacting Jennifer Kintz at 775-945-3444, ext. 12 or kintzj@unce.unr.edu. Persons in need of special accommodations or assistance should call at least three days prior to the scheduled event.

Cooperative Extension’s Herds and Harvest Program helps farmers and ranchers develop agricultural entrepreneurship, implement sustainable agricultural marketing strategies and improve profitability. Since 2011, the program has reached several hundred farmers and ranchers across the state. Two-thirds of the participants report they would make changes in their business practices because of what they learned through the program. The program is supported by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, part of the United States Department of Agriculture.

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