Rotational Grazing, Cover Cropping, Animal Husbandry Workshop

Participants will learn how to perform paddock design and usage of electric fencing to maintain daily rotation of grass fed beef cattle. Also the introduction of cover crops into their paddocks for supplemental grazing and nutrient restoration to the soil. With the end result of improved animal quality and soil nutrient supply due to these improved systems. Additionally our veterinarian will provide animal husbandry information for beef ranchers.

Skills Taught:

  1. Basic construction
  2. Basic fabrication
  3. Farm tool safety
  4. Build and install infrastructure
  5. Material supply calculations
  6. Infrastructure damage prevention
  7. Farm safety
  8. Farm infrastructure development planning
  9. Crop Planning

Instructors:

Doug Havemann, Army Veteran, Co – Owner, Mesquite Field Farm

Melissa Havemann, Co-Owner, Mesquite Field Farm, NRCS

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EQIP Livestock Watering Installation Workshop

Participants will learn the requirements of the USDA Livestock watering grant, will learn how to operate a trencher, install PVC water lines, and witness the certification and sign off from the USDA upon completion of the class

Skills Taught:

  1. Basic construction
  2. Basic fabrication
  3. Farm tool safety
  4. Build and install infrastructure
  5. Material supply calculations
  6. Infrastructure damage prevention
  7. Farm safety
  8. Farm infrastructure development planning

Instructors:

Doug Havemann, Army Veteran, Co – Owner, Mesquite Field Farm Melissa Havemann, Co-Owner, Mesquite Field Farm, NRCS

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BattleGround FREE Agriculture Workshop

Join us for a FREE Agriculture Business Workshop on December 1 in Georgetown, Texas sponsored by Farm Credit Bank of Texas.

The Texas AgrAbility Project and Battleground to Breaking Ground will be hosting an agriculture workshop for veterans, individuals with disabilities, beginning farmers and ranchers, and anyone interested in starting an agriculture business

Workshop sessions will include:

  • Rural Business Ideas
  • Intro to Business Planning
  • Possibilities for farming/ranching with a disability
  • Financial funding sources for farming/ranching
  • Marketing Resources
  • Resources to support agriculture business operations

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Mobile Chicken Tractor Building Workshop

Join Mesquite Field Farm for mobile chicken tractor building workshop

Participants will

  • Learn the Suscovich design of mobile chicken tractors
  • Learn how to build a mobile chicken tractor
  • Construct 4 Suscovich style mobile chicken tractors

 

Lunch is provided by Pioneer BBQ

RSVP by October 18, 2018

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Beef Processing and Labelling Workshop

Join Mesquite Field Farm for a tour of a USDA beef processing facility and learn about beef labelling and requirements.

Skills Taught:

  • USDA Processing Facility Tour
  • Product label requirements and development
  • Developing a cut list
  • Beef cattle processing requirements
  • Developing relationships with your processor
  • Product labels and marketing

BGBG Farm Tour – Stiles Farm

Join us for a farm tour of Stiles Farm in Thrall, Texas. The Stiles Farm Foundation is a 2,716 acre farm located in Thrall, Texas in eastern Williamson County. The farm is managed by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service as a living demonstration of research-based, profitable, and environmentally sustainable agricultural practices for the Texas Blackland Prairie.

Tyler Coufal, Williamson County Extension Agent, will be putting together some hands-on learning activities and a farm tour of the Stiles Farm.

You can vote for topics from the following when registering:

  • Parasite Management & Soils
  • Cattle Handling & Working
  • Sheep & Goat Handling & Working
  • Animal Health & Nutrition

Pastured Pigs & Build a Farrowing House

Participants will learn the basics of pastured pig production, breeding/breeds, behavioral knowledge & control, shelter needs, feeding and nutrition, and predator control. Participants will also gain hands-on experience building a farrowing house.

Details:
Date: Friday, December 14
Time 10:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m.
Location: World Hunger relief 356 Spring Lake Rd., Waco, TX 76705
Cost: $25 per person
Limited to the first 20 participants
You will receive a confirmation of registration and a request for payment within 2 business days.

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Pastured Poultry Processing Workshop

Hands-on learning opportunity where participants will learn about the basics of pastured poultry care and how to process pastured poultry. This class was developed and will be taught by our BattleGround to Breaking Ground students. Other hands-on skills to be taught are:

  • Breed Knowledge, layers/broilers
  • Broiler Requirements
  • Meat Processing Options
  • Feed/nutrition requirements
  • Poultry Processing

Details:
Date: Saturday October 20, 2018 – Please register by October 13, 2018
Time 8:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Honey’s Acres-1350 Stoney Creek Drive, Cedar Hill, TX 75104
Cost: $50 per person (Includes 1 chicken, ice, and package) Please bring your own cooler
Limited to the first 30 participants. Additional chickens available for $20 each.
You will receive a confirmation of registration and a request for payment within 2 business days.

Pastured Poultry Workshop

Hands-on learning opportunity where participants will learn about the basics of pastured poultry, how to care for the chickens, predator control, and how to build a mobile chicke coop.

  • Breed Knowledge, layers/broilers
  • Baby chick care
  • Layer management
  • Egg management
  • Feed/nutrition requirements
  • Shelters
  • Fencing options
  • Predators
  • Pasture rotation

Details:
Date: Friday, November 2, 2018 – Please register by October 30, 2018
Time 10:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m.
Location: World Hunger relief 356 Spring Lake Rd., Waco, TX 76705
Cost: $25 per person
Limited to the first 25 participants
You will receive a confirmation of registration and a request for payment within 2 business days.

Sheep & Goat Workshop

Hands-on learning opportunity to learn basic sheep/goat management skills. You will have the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills the following sheep/goat management techniques:

  • Applying ID Tags
  • Medication/Vaccinations
  • Castration
  • Record Keeping
  • Handling/Moving
  • Nutrition
  • Behavioral knowledge and selection
  • Breed knowledge and selection
  • Options for predator control
  • Hoof care

Details:
Date: September 8, 2018- Must register by September 5, 2018
Time 8:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m.
Location: World Hunger relief 356 Spring Lake Rd., Waco, TX 76705
Cost: $30 per person
Limited to the first 25 participants
You will receive a confirmation of registration and a request for payment within 2 business days.


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