Small Acreage “Boot Camp”

AGBIO COMMUNICATIONS UNIT
SOUTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY

For release: Sept. 30, 2010
Contact: Rebecca Bott, 605-688-5412

Extension small acreage “boot camp” set for Nov. 6 in Brookings

BROOKINGS, S.D. – South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service staffers will host a “boot camp” for small acreage owners on Nov. 6.

The event begins at 9:45 a.m. at the South Dakota State University Animal and Range Sciences Complex, located on North Campus Drive and Medary Avenue in Brookings. The educational event costs $15 per person, and the deadline to register is Oct. 29.

To sign up for the event, mail payment and contact information to Extension Equine Specialist Rebecca Bott, Box 2710 Animal Science Complex, Brookings, SD 57007. Or call Bott at 605-688-5412. You can e-mail her at this address: Rebecca.Bott@sdstate.edu.

The small acreage boot camp training will include sessions on animal welfare, pasture management and grazing timing, and local noxious weed control laws. Other sessions include weed identification, control, how to know what hazards some weeds pose to animals, and feed quality analysis.

In the afternoon, participants of the boot camp can take part in breakout session on getting started in the sheep industry, gardens and farmers markets, or a session on horse care, costs, and feeding management.

A panel discussion at 2 p.m. will lead to the event’s conclusion. A lunch will be served over the noon hour.

Extension Equine Specialist Rebecca Bott, organizer of the event, said it is a superb way for owners of small acreages to get the facts on a wide range of topics.

“We encourage landowners or potential landowners to come out to this event and take in some of the educational material we have in store,” Bott said. “We’ll cover numerous topics that really can help landowners with horses, livestock, or who are considering adding animals to their property.”

An interactive youth program also will take place during the boot camp. Children ages 6-18 can learn about horse showmanship, farm safety, and interact with the SDSU Equine Unit’s foals.

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