News Release

For immediate release - February 6, 2012

Backyard Chickens, Small Scale Poultry Production

Small scale poultry production is on the rise throughout the United States and it is no small wonder why! Chickens and other domestic poultry provide both fresh eggs and protein-rich, lean meat. Additionally they require relatively less land and have a lower cost of production when compared to other species of livestock. When managed and marketed correctly small scale poultry production has the potential to add value to both your table and your pocket book!

The UF/IFAS Lake County Extension Service has partnered with the Lake County Library System to provide Lake County residents with the opportunity to learn about the ins and outs of small flock management from local Extension educators. A free class will be offered Tuesday February 28th at noon in the Umatilla library and again at 6p.m. in the Cooper Memorial library in Clermont. This seminar is the fourth in a yearlong Small Farms seminar series designed to introduce Lake County land owners to the opportunities available in agriculture.

Topics to be covered during this free, hour and a half long seminar include: hatching out and brooding chicks, predation prevention, health and nutrition, housing, regulations of the sale of meat and eggs, and marketing guidelines.

For more information on the Small Farm Seminar Series or on the Small Scale Poultry Production class please contact Lake County Livestock Agent, Meg Brew at 352-343-4101.

The press is invited to attend any of the classes and photographers are welcome.



Media contact:
Megan Brew
Livestock and Natural Resources Extension Agent

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