Upcoming Livestock Extension Events
“Regional Winter Equine Series Continues in 2015”
Educational meetings continue throughout the winter months for equine owners in the region. Mark your calendar and plan to attend an educational mini-series for area horse owners in February and March. All meetings will be held at the Extension Center’s Annex meeting room beginning at 6:30 p.m. Dinner will be served first followed by the program. There is no fee for the meals. If you plan to attend, you must pre-register by calling 919-496-3344 to reserve your meal. The Franklin County Extension Horse Advisory Committee has planned these sessions.
Thursday, February 19th: “Care of Older Horses”
Speakers: Dr. Katie Sheats, NCSU School of Veterinary Medicine &
Jennifer Gill, NCSU Animal Science (Nutrition)
Thursday, March 19th: “Trail Riding 101”
Speakers: Alfred Tyson, Carolina Trail Rider magazine
Mia Weaver, Purina Representative, “What’s the Difference in All These Feeds?”
“Franklin County’s Annual EIA Clinic: Saturday, February 21st”
Equine owners are encouraged to bring their horses, ponies, and donkeys to the annual EIA Coggins Clinic scheduled for Saturday, February 21st (snow/ice date: March 7th) at the Farmers Market Shelter in Louisburg near the Shannon Village Shopping Center. It will be held from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Horse owners must call the Extension Center at 919-496-3344 to reserve a time to bring their equine. In addition to testing for EIA, vaccines will also be available. This event is sponsored by the Franklin County Extension Horse Advisory Committee and the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Franklin Center. Dr. David Fontenot of Louisburg Veterinary Clinic will be the veterinarian represented. For additional information, contact Martha Mobley, Agricultural Extension Agent, at 919-496-3344.
“Franklin County’s Livestock FUN Show: Friday, April 24”
Franklin County youth, age 5 to 19 years old, are invited to participate in the County’s 3rd Annual “Livestock FUN” Show at Double D Equestrian Center near Louisburg on Friday, April 24th. The event is judging the youth on showmanship handling their animal along with a barn record book submitted. Entries are due by Friday, April 10th at the Cooperative Extension Center in Louisburg.
Youth must join 4-H in order to participate and the North Carolina 4-H showmanship rules and regulations must be followed. Rabbits, Poultry, Goats, Cattle, and Sheep will be shown. This event is sponsored by the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Franklin County Center and the Franklin County Farm Bureau Board of Directors. Entry forms along with the rules of the show can be downloaded at http://franklin.ces.ncsu.edu or www.FranklinCountyFarmFresh.com. Youth will received ribbons along with monetary prizes. This is a morning event with lunch served followed by an awards ceremony. For more information about the show, contact Martha L. Mobley, Agricultural Extension Agent, at 919-496-3344.