HARRISONBURG — Renowned clinician Tom Curtin will lead a clinic on low-stress cattle handling Saturday and Sunday at Bar W Ranch in Bridgewater.
The clinic, co-hosted by Bar W Ranch and the Virginia Cooperative Extension, is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. The farm is at 1477 Ridge Road.
Curtin is a stockman and horseman who travels the country to share his knowledge of low-stress cattle-handling methods and their benefits.
Registration is $50 for adults, and children younger than 18 can attend for free. Registration proceeds will be donated to the Augusta County 4-H/FFA Market Animal Show and Sale.
For more information, contact Derek or C.J. Wise at 540-471-1331 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dairy MPP enrollment
HARRISONBURG — Dairy farmers have until June 1 to enroll in the revised Margin Protection Program for Dairy.
Improvements have been made to the program that provides a safety net from shifts in feed and milk prices. A web tool has been established at www.fsa.usda.gov/mpptool to help dairy farmers determine which level of coverage is best for them based on price projections.
Operators must make a new coverage selection for 2018 even if they enrolled during the previous sign-up period for the year.
Visit www.fsa.usda.gov/dairy or your local USDA service center for more information.
– Vic Bradshaw, For The Northern Virginia Daily