Agriculture & Natural Resources

2017 Fall Livestock and Equine Programs

Delaware livestock producers and equine owners have multiple opportunities to expand their knowledge and skills with several Delaware Cooperative Extension trainings and events planned for this fall throughout the state.

The fall outreach education programs kick off with a pasture walk hosted by Woodside Farm and Creamery in Hockessin on Thursday evening September 7th, from 6:00- 8:00 p.m. Come and learn how the Mitchell Family uses pasture to effectively feed their dairy herd that is used to produce their delicious ice cream.  Learn how to identify weeds and how to control them in a pasture setting. In addition, the topic of integrated pest management on forage fields will be discussed.  Hear how to take a proper soil sample and how to pick out the right fence charger for your operation. NRCS will give an update on the programs available for pasture planting and other experts will be on hand to answer specific questions. Nutrient Management and pesticide certification credits are available for attendees.  This program is free but preregistration is requested.  For more specific information

A small ruminant field day planned jointly by Delaware State University and the University of Delaware and focused specifically on reproduction is scheduled for Saturday September 16, 2017 at Delaware State University’s Hickory Hill Farm on Seven Hickories Road in Dover from 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. Morning topics to be covered include:  Basic Small Animal Reproduction, Pros and Cons of Artificial Insemination, Nutrition: Basics for Small Ruminants, and Buck and Ram Selection & Management.  Afternoon sessions will offer hands on training with a pasture walk, hoof trimming and mobile meat processing lab experiences planned.  A $15 registration fee covers all workshops and materials and includes lunch.  Pre- registration is required by September 2 and available on line.  For more information and the link to registration please visit:

The Equine Science program in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences at the University of Delaware is hosting a Large Animal Emergency Rescue training on October 7 or 8 on the University’s Webb Farm in Newark.  This one-day clinic is being offered to educate first responders, horse owners or anyone interested in learning basic large animal rescue techniques instructed by Roger Lauze, the Equine Rescue and Training Coordinator for MSPCA. Fair Hill NRMA’s new rescue trailer, donated by the Volunteer Mounted Patrol, will be utilized for the training. This course is essential to prepare public safety officials, first responders, veterinary professionals, and equestrians, for an emergency. Participants will learn how to move large animals safely and quickly in cases of disaster or injury, while preventing potential injuries to the humans involved. The course offers classroom instruction and hands-on scenarios using specialized equipment and equipment that may be readily available to first responder departments.  The cost of the day long course is $10 and preregistration is required.  Participants should bring their own lunch and drinks for the day. For more information

Horse owners will also want to take note of the fall equine program on October 10 at the New Castle County Extension Office in Newark.  This evening program will feature Dr. Rose D. Nolen-Walston, of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine speaking on “Global Worming: How to prevent de-wormer meltdown in the 21st Century”, Mr. Kevin Donnelly, New Castle County Conservation District Coordinator speaking about New Castle County Conservation District Programs for Equine Operations and Susan Garey, University of Delaware Cooperative Extension Agent in Animal Science will give helpful pointers on fall fertilization and weed control for pastures.  Sydney Riggi, University of Delaware Cooperative Extension Agent, Nutrient Management will wrap up the evening speaking about Preparing an Animal Waste Management Plan for Your Farm. Time will be available for participants to begin creating their Animal Waste Management Plan if needed for their own operation. Nutrient management continuing education credits will be available for participants.  More information about this program can be found

Finally a one day, “Delmarva: All Worms, All Day” Conference for small ruminant producers will be held December 9, 2017 at the Martin Luther King Center on Delaware State University’s campus in Dover. The regional conference is a collaboration between Delaware State University, Fort Valley State University, University of Delaware, University of Maryland, University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) and Virginia State University Extension professionals.  Since internal parasites are  one of the leading causes of loss in herd and flocks and a major management issue for producers, this important conference will focus on Understanding the Internal Parasite Issue, the Biology of Internal Parasites, 101 on Dewormers and Common Sense Approaches.  Afternoon break out session will allow producers to choose seminars such as Decision Making Tools, Pasture Management, the Genetic Component and Worm Busting 101. A separate all day youth track will also be offered.  Preregistration for this all day conference will be required and will open in October.  For more information, please contact Dr. Kwame Matthews

If you have any special needs in accessing any of these programs, please contact the organizers two weeks in advance.