Animal Handling Field Day for Farmers

5/22/2013

The Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) is teaming up with the PA Women's Agricultural Network and Endless Mountains RC&D to offer a field day aimed at helping farmers learn proper and safe animal handling practices. This educational workshop, "Animal Handling for New & Beginning Farmers," will be hosted by The Sundance Life Farm in Towanda, Pa., on Wednesday, May 29, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The field day will cover basic animal handling for new and beginning farmers--or for anyone who wants to improve their animal handling knowledge and skills. Through a series of demonstrations and discussions, presenters will emphasize humane practices and safety for both farmer and livestock. Topics to be covered during the day include moving and loading animals, aids for moving animals, multi-species interactions, feeding behaviors, multi-species grazing and pasture management for weeds and noxious plants, and managing parasites. Animals used for the on-farm demonstrations will be cows, sheep, goats, layers, rabbits and possibly the donkey and emu.

Presenters for the day are Brenda Coe and Dave Wolfgang. Coe, adjunct professor in animal science at Penn State University, specializes in animal behavior and livestock handling. She is a senior inspector and scientific committee member at Humane Farm Animal Care. Wolfgang is an extension veterinarian at Penn State University. He specializes in disease prevention, herd health promotion and on-farm problem solving.

This event is open to the public and includes lunch. To learn more and register for this event and others, visit pasafarming.org/FarmBasedEducation or call 814-349-9856. PASA strives to ensure that all those interested in becoming a member of the organization or attending an event can do so at a reasonable rate. PASA is offering this field day for free when you purchase or renew your PASA membership. To access this offer, register for the field day online and choose the "Membership & A Field Day Combo" offer.

This special offer gains attendees access to a quality educational program, a delicious locally sourced lunch, all of the benefits of membership for one year and access to PASA's growing network.