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Field Day For Poultry Coming To Fairgrounds

RICKREALL -- The Western Oregon Poultry Field Day is coming to the Polk County Fairgrounds on Saturday, Jan. 23.

RICKREALL -- The Western Oregon Poultry Field Day is coming to the Polk County Fairgrounds on Saturday, Jan. 23.

Onsite registration is $5, which includes a "make-it-yourself" omelet lunch, and takes place from 8:30 to 9 a.m. Classes start at 9 a.m.

Preregistration cost is $3 and must be made by Wednesday, Jan. 20.

The field day is intended for 4-H and FFA students, their leaders and parents, and those new to and interested in raising poultry. Families are encouraged to attend.

Workshops will be taught by Jim Hermes, OSU poultry specialist, the OSU Poultry Club, and Jim Adkins, poultry specialist from the International Centre for Poultry in Sonora, Calif.

Among the workshop topics are: getting started; poultry breeds; poultry judging; diseases, care and grooming; small flocks; showmanship; and an avian bowl.

Following a break for lunch, an afternoon workshop led by Adkins is designed for small backyard poultry flocks. His presentation is titled "Managing your small flocks of hens and meat birds."

Participants should bring a notebook, pencil and their questions. Those interested in showmanship are asked to bring a bird -- real or fake -- in a solid bottom cage to practice with.

The Western Oregon Poultry Field Day is hosted by the OSU Extension Service of Polk and Yamhill counties, Polk Soil & Water Conservation District, and Polk County Livestock Association.

To register or for more information: Judy Peters, 503-623-8395; e-mail to judi.peters@oregonstate.edu.

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