Livestock and agriculture seminar informative for rural farmers
Cody Gough of Bonavista says he has dreamed of sheep farming since he was five or six years old.
Now, after attending a seminar on agriculture and livestock, hosted by the provincial government, Gough feels closer to that dream than ever.
“I got a few contacts from going there who I can talk to about getting through the red tape and getting approved,” Gough explained.
Almost a dozen government employees gave presentations at the seminar, which was attended by about 30 people. Topics covered included business development, land acquisition, pasture management, multi-species grazing, food safety, marketing strategies, and meat regulations and licensing.
“The seminar showed from start to finish the full process of how you would start up, where you would go, and what would you do … everything, right down to where you can get funding. It was great for young people to see how they would start,” said Virginia Tremblett Gough, who attended with her son Cody and daughter Cassidy.
“There was something for everybody,” said Virginia. “My daughter is really interested in animal care— that segment really interested her.”
Virginia told the Packet she believes there is not only a great interest in the Bonavista area, but great potential as well.
“Years ago, everyone was a farmer, they grew their own vegetables, they had their meat supply for the winter … it would be nice to get back to farming … we need to get back to the basics.”
“We really appreciate that they put this off in this area and we look forward to more seminars like this to come.”
As for young, up-and-comers like Cody, there was plenty of useful information presented.
“I used to think grass was grass,” said Cody.
“You cut it, they eat it. Now I know what types are better, when to cut it, and when to stop cutting it.”
Farmers and producers in Newfoundland and Labrador can apply for funding under the Provincial Agrifoods Assistance Program. The application deadline is May 12.
As for Cody Gough, he plans on meeting with one of the presenters about potential funding opportunities.
“And we’ll go from there,” said Cody.
Erica Cole leading a presentation at a recent agriculture seminar.