Veterans Workshop 2017 Program

2017 Draft Program

All Activites will be at the Virginia Horse Center 487 Maury River Rd, Lexington, VA 24450

FRIDAY - APRIL 7, 2017

7:30 am - Check-in

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Beginning Farmers
- Understand your land: zoning, flood plain, soils
- Fit the farm to the land
- Choose your products
- Design your farm: feeding, water, infrastructure
- Farming on leased land
- Rules & Regulations
- Networking time!

Growing Farmers
- Upsizing your Heritage livestock farm (2 part)
- Develop better herds & become a better breeder
- Biosecurity, sanitation & disease
- Networking time!

 

SATURDAY APRIL 8, 2107

7:30 am - 5:00 pm

*LIVE DEMOS & HANDS ON!*

- Hog, sheep, rabbit & chicken butchering
- Curing, smoking, tanning
- Sheep shearing, wool processing, weaving
AND
- Marketing & Business plan creation
- Business plan reviews and critiques
- Then pitch your plan to earn prizes!

 

Biosecurity

Please dress appropriately. You may be walking in wet grass, dirt and mud. You may also have the opportunity to handle animals.