Small acreage boot camp is November 6 in Brookings |

Small acreage boot camp is November 6 in Brookings

BROOKINGS, SD – Small-acreage owners can get answers to their questions at a Nov. 6 educational “boot camp” in Brookings.

The South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service will host the event, and it begins at 9:45 a.m. at the South Dakota State University Animal and Range Sciences Complex located on North Campus Drive and Medary Avenue in Brookings, SD.

The cost is $15 per person, and the deadline to register is Oct. 29.

To sign up for the event, mail payment and contact information to Extension Equine Specialist Rebecca Bott, Box 2710 Animal Science Complex, Brookings, SD 57007. Or call Bott at 605-688-5412. You can e-mail her at this address:

In addition to the educational program, children are invited to the event to take part in the “Kid’s Korral” that includes fun information about horses, farm safety, and livestock. Foals from the SDSU Equine Training Unit will be available for the children to pet as well.

Extension training sessions will focus on animal welfare, pasture management and grazing timing, and local noxious weed control laws. Other sessions include weed identification, weed control, and one on the hazards some weeds pose to animals. Extension staff also will explain proper feed-quality analysis.

In the afternoon, participants of the boot camp can take part in breakout sessions on getting started in the sheep industry, gardens and farmers markets, or a session on horse care, costs, and feeding management.

A panel discussion at 2 p.m. will lead to the event’s conclusion. A lunch will be served over the noon hour.

Extension Equine Specialist Rebecca Bott, organizer of the event, said it is a superb way for owners of small acreages to get the facts on a wide range of topics.

“We’ll cover numerous topics that really can help landowners with horses, livestock, or who are considering adding animals to their property,” Bott said. “We hope that both kids and their parents will come out, have some fun, and go home better informed.”

Bott can answer any questions you might have about the event. Call her at 605-688-5412.


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