Animal Agriculture

Session information, including recordings are available below. The sessions have been closed caption by machine, so we apologize for any errors or inaccuracies that may appear until we have a chance to edit the captioning files.

The Animal Agriculture track took place daily, Monday through Thursday, from 6:30-8 p.m. Below you will find a listing of the sessions. Each session in this track also featured a food safety minute, along with a short presentation related to manure management.

Monday, February 15

6:30 p.m. - Tips And Tricks For Wintertime On The Horse Farm

Tom Guthrie

Learn about feeding and housing your horse through the winter. This presentation will include the topics of the importance of body condition scoring your horse, winter dehydration, managing hay supplies, as well as tips for housing your horse(s) throughout the sometimes-artic blast of wintertime.

Tuesday, February 16

6:30 p.m. - Basic Healthy Practices for Pigs

Beth Ferry and Dave Thompson

This session will include information that will help the small or beginning farmers who are involved in pork production. Participants will gain knowledge on proper production practices that focus on management over medication including; biosecurity, vaccination programs, deworming practices, identifying sick or at-risk animals and information on foreign animal diseases (FAD) that pig farmers should be aware of. Whether you are raising animal for your freezer, using a custom butcher while marketing freezer meat or selling pigs on the open market, this session will help you gain a better understanding of production practices that will help improve the health of your swine herd.

Wednesday, February 17

6:30 p.m. - The Realities That No One Tells You About Owning Chickens

Zac Williams

Many people who buy chicks or even grow chickens do not understand the ramifications of owning such animals. Owning poultry is very different from dogs and cats even though they are of similar size, it is more like owning livestock and they should be treated as such. This presentation will introduce and familiarize potential and current poultry owners with the different aspects of raising poultry that they may not understand. Learn more about nutrition, housing, laws and regulations, sick poultry care, diseases and general considerations when owning and raising poultry.

7:15 p.m. - An Overview Of Direct Marketing Of Meat

Jeannine Schweihofer

There are a lot of factors to consider when direct marketing meats to consumers. What are the required regulations and how do you follow them? Where can you sell your meat? What factors should you consider when choosing and working with a processor? How do you price the product? What are the impacts of COVID-19 on direct marketing meat and processor scheduling? This session will cover the basics of direct marketing meat and answer these questions and others you have.

This presentation is included in the 6:30 p.m. session recording on the Realities That No One Tells You About Owning Chickens above.

Thursday, February 18

6:30 p.m. - Backyard Cattle Management

Jerod Jaborek

More people are interested in producing their own beef or supplying friends and family with beef. This presentation offers a nutritional perspective of raising beef cattle for freezer beef. In order to have cattle ready for your harvest appointment, this presentation will discuss different nutritional management strategies and their effects on growth and meat quality.

7:15 p.m. - Setting Up Online Sales For Your Farm

Abby Harper, Kessa Johnson and Alex Palzewicz

Navigating the variety of options for online platforms for sales can be overwhelming. Finding one that meets your needs and accurately conveys the spirit of your farm makes a one-size-fits-all approach impractical. This session will walk farmers through considerations important for moving online, such as their current inventory management strategies, the spirit of their farm, current online marketing tools (i.e. Instagram, Facebook), and current payment processor or point-of-sale device.


Each Session Also Featured a Manure Management Presentation

Christina Curell and Sarah Fronczak

While managing manure may not be the first thing on your mind when it comes to taking care of your farm animals, it holds its own importance when it comes to animal welfare and environmental sustainability. In this short presentation, we will go through key points when it comes to managing manure to prevent potential pathogen dispersion as well as simple ways to store and transfer manure either on or off your farm.