Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Livestock Symposium in Antelope Valley Jan. 28

If you’re interested in learning about working dogs or knowing how to select and feed market sheep, swine, beef and goats, the 2012 Livestock Symposium in the Antelope Valley should provide lots of valuable information. The symposium, which will be hosted by the Antelope Valley 4-H Council, will take place at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds (located at Avenue H and Highway 14) on Saturday, January 28. The event will start with registration at 8:15 am and conclude at 1:00 pm. A donation of $1 at the registration table will be requested.

The symposium will bring together prominent speakers to discuss the challenges of the livestock industry in California and to demonstrate better agricultural practices through presentations and exhibitions. There will be workshops on beef nutrition and selection; feeding and showing of sheep, swine, rabbits and pygmy goats; and poultry basics, to name a few. There will even be a horse showmanship clinic. In addition to the program, attendees will enjoy opportunities to win door prizes.

“This will be quite the livestock event in Southern California. Due to the many wonderful supporters and participants, we will be able to bring a high-quality program to the local livestock community,” says Charlene Moore, UC Cooperative Extension’s 4-H program coordinator.

As part of the University of California Cooperative Extension, 4-H has been active for more than 100 years. 4-H has a rich history of teaching rural children to raise animals; and in recent years, 4-H has had a more urban twist, offering more than 80 projects that range from marine biology to photography.

For more information on this event, please contact Charlene Moore at (661) 974-8824, moore@ucdavis.edu , and for more information on 4-H activities, please visit http://celosangeles.ucdavis.edu/4H_Youth_Development_Programs/

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