Live­stock clinic

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COURTLAND — Even though there aren’t as many hog pens scat­tered across the coun­try­side as there were 50 years ago, knowl­edge of rear­ing live­stock is still a very im­por­tant and es­sen­tial skill and part of food and fiber pro­duc­tion.

It also pro­vides an av­enue to im­part some very im­por­tant life skills to young peo­ple. Car­ing for live­stock en­forces el­e­ments of re­spon­si­bil­ity that are needed more than ever in to­day’s so­ci­ety.

Along these lines, the Southamp­ton County 4-H Live­stock Club is spon­sor­ing a live­stock clinic on Satur­day Jan. 28, near Franklin.

Ve­teri­nar­i­ans will of­fer ses­sions on how to eval­u­ate feed, how to in­ter­pret the health cer­tifi­cate for cat­tle, as well as a host of other cur­rent top­ics re­lated to the care of live­stock.

Youth ages 5-19 with an in­ter­est in live­stock and their par­ents are en­cour­aged to con­tact the Southamp­ton Ex­ten­sion Of­fice at 757-653-2572 or email southamp­tonex­ten­sion@vt.edu to sign up.

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