By Kate Halstead, WSU Extension
BREMERTON, Wash. – A day-long course for youth will help them raise livestock that meets the standards set forth in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s quality assurance program. The training will be 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, July 11, at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds, 1200 Fairgrounds Rd., Bremerton, Wash.
Registration includes lunch and materials. Registration is $20 per person if received by July 3. After that, late registration is $25 per person.
Register online at http://YouthLivestockQA.BrownPaperTickets.com or download the form at http://ext100.wsu.edu/snohomish/wp-content/uploads/sites/11/Youth-Livestock-QA-2014.pdf and mail with your check.
Focused on young livestock producers, their families and instructors, the course is hosted by Washington State University Extension and the Department of Animal Sciences.
Topics will include quality assurance training, health care, nutrition, animal selection, carcass evaluation, hands-on GI tract exploration, economics of livestock projects and more. Species covered will include beef, pork, lamb and goat.
A national program, quality assurance describes practices that help ensure consumers receive a wholesome and safe food product. Areas covered include feeding and watering, animal identification, housing and facilities, and prevention of problems.
The youth event is running in conjunction with WSU Extension’s Livestock 100 short courses. For more information, visit http://snohomish.wsu.edu/Livestock100/.
For additional information on the courses, contact Jan Busboom, WSU Meat Specialist, 509-335-2880, firstname.lastname@example.org; or Sarah M. Smith, area animal science educator, 509-754-2011 x413, email@example.com. For assistance with registration, contact Kate Halstead, 360-794-6081, firstname.lastname@example.org.