On Saturday, February 4, over 400 poultry enthusiasts from seven states gathered at the Agriculture Center in Westminster, Maryland to learn more about raising poultry in their back yards. And what a buffet of information they were treated to from the University of Maryland Extension. Twenty-one seminars, presentations, and demonstrations provided over 125 cumulative hours of instruction. A farmer brought in his processing trailer to describe poultry harvesting. At mealtime people watched a 45 minute documentary video on Dale Johnson’s backyard broiler production. 4-H leaders organized 4-H displays and activities. The Fine Feathered Friends 4-H Poultry Club made over $1,700 from catering breakfast and lunch. They will use the money to fund national poultry trips for 4-H Youth. Vendors from three states plied their wares. The Maryland Poultry Fanciers Association signed on many new members. To top off the day, a big Maryland chicken roamed the rooms to keep everyone happy. In all, hundreds of questions were answered and hundreds of publications with useful information were distributed. It was an incredible day!
Uncle Dale with two coworkers
Dale discusses a pasture coop design with the vendor who builds and sells them.
Dale teaches livestock economics at one of the seminars
4-H poultry exhibit
Hundreds of poultry enthusiasts attended the concurrent seminars
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