VT Feed Plant Tour, Farm Safety Talks Highlight Free Ag Event for Kids, Apr

4/3/2012

        University of Vermont (UVM) Extension and Morrison's Feed Bag will co-host a fun-filled afternoon, April 28, for Vermont kids with an interest in agriculture or livestock. The event is free and will feature a feed plant tour and mini-workshops on farm safety and animal nutrition.

        It will be held at Morrison's Custom Feeds, a family-owned and operated business at 28 Creamery Lane, Barnet, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Although of particular interest to 4-H'ers enrolled in livestock projects or anyone considering a career in agriculture, all youths ages eight and up and their families are invited to attend.

        Pre-registration is required as space is limited to 40 participants. Registrations will be accepted until April 25 or the program is full. Call Lindsay Jones, UVM Extension 4-H educator, at (802) 751-8310, ext. 357, or toll-free at (800) 545-8920, ext. 357, or e-mail Lindsay.Jones@uvm.edu to sign up. To request a disability-related accommodation to participate, please call by April 25.

        The feed plant tour will provide a look at the process of producing animal feed from how grain is delivered to the facility on rail cars then moved throughout the system, mixed by high-tech computers, pressed into pellets using steam and finally loaded onto trucks and delivered to farms. Youths also will have the opportunity to get their photo taken while sitting in one of the big trucks.

        A nutritionist with Morrison's Custom Feeds will talk about the importance of providing the right feed for good animal nutrition and health. The business has produced custom-formulated feeds for farmers throughout the Northeast for almost three decades including for sale at its company store, Morrison's Feed Bag in St. Johnsbury.

        In addition, UVM Extension staff will lead activities on farm safety and wind power. A 4-H table will provide information about Vermont 4-H and the activities and projects of Northeast Kingdom clubs.

        The event is jointly sponsored by Morrison's Feed Bag in conjunction with Morrison's Custom Feeds and UVM Extension 4-H and the UVM Extension Youth Farm Safety Program.