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Event Will Educate Adults and Youth About Animal Agriculture

For Immediate Release: January 5, 2012
Contact: Lynne Richmond
(609) 633-2954

(TRENTON) -- An educational symposium for adults and children will be held on Saturday, March 31 at Rutgers University’s School of Environmental and Biological Sciences in New Brunswick. A wide variety of valuable and interesting agricultural topics will be discussed and there will be many opportunities for hands-on experience.

Information sessions on small ruminants, cattle, horses and poultry will be held.  Hands on sessions will include:  building a foldable milking stand that doubles as a wheelbarrow for tack; dairy clip-off; processing and marketing poultry, turkeys and game birds; farm safety scavenger hunt; and small ruminant skills lab.

The cost for the daylong event is $12 and includes lunch. A separate morning session on rabbits only will be held at a lower cost of $5. The deadline to register is March 15.

The New Jersey Junior Breeders Livestock Symposium is sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Agriculture (NJDA), New Jersey Junior Breeder Program, Rutgers Cooperative Extension and the Department of 4-H Youth Development.  It also is sponsored in part by Farm Credit/Northeast AgEnhancement and Hart Agency.

The New Jersey Junior Breeders' Fund, a low-interest loan program, offers agricultural education/FFA students and 4-H members the opportunity to advance the breeding of purebred livestock and the production quality of livestock. Loan applicants must be New Jersey residents, have adequate facilities for livestock and be either 4-H members or FFA/agricultural education students.

The registration form can be accessed online at

For more information, call 609-984-4389 or e-mail or