Davidson County Center
February News
Woodland Stewards Webinar Series
Join other woodland landowners throughout the region to learn about how you can take better care of your woodlands. This is a regional Extension course being offered in 4 sessions. The four sessions are webinars hosted by your local Extension center on Thursdays from 7-8:30 PM from February 6, 2020 to February 27, 2020.

February 6, 2020: Woodland Management: What is Right for You and Your Woodland?. Managing your woodlands to grow healthy forests and produce revenue depends on making the right choices for your location. This session will help woodland owners to understand how stand dynamics and market considerations are used in the application of management.

February 13, 2020: Understanding the Financial Aspects of Woodland Management. This session provides an overview of financial factors that affect your woodland management such as when to re-plant, when to thin, when to harvest, when to use cost-share programs and more.

February 20, 2020: More than Timber: Income Opportunities from Non-timber Forest Products. There are a range of possibilities to generate income from your woodlands that depend on your location, forest type and more, that are compatible with timber management too. In this session, learn more about the opportunities to generate income from your woodlands.

February 27, 2020: Launching your Woodland Legacy: Intact, In Forest and In Family Ownership. Most woodland owners cite legacy as one of their main reasons for owning land, and a large majority express concern over their ability to keep the land intact. This session is designed to help you find the best way to pass this legacy intact to your heirs.

To register for the Davidson County session, email Sara Drake or call 336-242-2082.
Youth Chicken Project
The Davidson County Chicken Project is an opportunity for youth (ages 5-18 as of January 1) to learn more about the livestock industry. Through this project, youth will raise laying hens. Youth will also complete a record book to record their care and knowledge learned about chickens. In September, youth will participate in a Chicken Show, where they will demonstrate to the judge their knowledge of the bird. Training for this project will be provided through workshops. At the end of the project, there will be a sale of the hens.

Contact Sara for more information. Registration and payment ($15) must be received by Feb. 13.
Cattle Reproduction Workshop
Join us for a Cattle Reproduction Workshop on Tuesday, February 18 at 6 p.m. at the Davidson County Extension Office. Topics that will be covered include: breeding goals, nutrition, breeding soundness exams, AI protocols, and basic bull management.

The cost is $10 per person. Dinner will be provided. You must register online by February 11.

NC Cattlemen's & Dairymen's Conference
The 69th Annual NC Cattlemen's & Dairyman's Conference will be held in Hickory February 27-29. Registration is now open.

Local Meat Series
Davidson County Cooperative Extension, along with NC Choices and Rustic Roots on Main, will host a local meat series for consumers about how to handle and prepare local meat. You will be able to meet the local farmers and learn about their operations. In addition, there will be instruction on food safety, butchery demonstrations, cooking demonstrations, and more! Lunch will be provided. Space is limited! 

Registration and payment is due one week before each session. The cost is $40 per session or $100 for all three sessions.
Sessions will be from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on:
- February 29 - Goat
- April 4 - Rabbit
- May 2 - Lamb

Scale Certification
If you sell at a local farmer's market and need your scales inspected, you can call to sign up for a time slot. Appointments will be made from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3 at the Davidson County Extension Office.

Please call 336-242-2080 to reserve your space.
Piedmont Regional Beef Conference
Join us for the 8th Annual Piedmont Regional Beef Conference on Thursday, March 5, 2020, at the Chatham County Agriculture & Conference Center located at 1192 US 64W Business, Pittsboro, NC.

This year’s conference will feature three phenomenal speakers: Dr. Dale Woerner from Texas Tech University, Dr. Darrh Bullock from the University of Kentucky, and Lee Menius from NC Choices. He will be focusing on the value of high-quality beef with a beef cutting demonstration (low vs. high quality).

In addition, Dr. Darrh Bullock will be presenting on how to select bulls for the commercial herd to improve genetics and target high-quality beef. Lee Menius will talk about how to add value to your operation through meat sales.

At the end of the conference, there will be an optional Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certification training. The cost for BQA certification is separate from the conference registration and is collected on-site (please bring a check with you). If you are a current NC Cattlemen’s member certification is $15, if not the cost is $40.

There will also be a trade show featuring 20+ industry partners that offer feed, equipment, seed, fertilizer, cattle services, animal health, and more.

Early registration is $15 or registration at the door is $20.

Equine Workshop
Join us on Monday, March 30 from 6-8 p.m. for an Equine Workshop at Legacy Saddlebreds, LLC (4151 Thomasville Rd., Winston-Salem). Topics include grazing management, live forage sampling, metabolic issues, and external parasite control.

There is no registration fee, but you must pre-register by March 24.

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Upcoming Events:
Woodland Stewards Series
* February 6 @ 7 p.m.
* February 13 @ 7 p.m.
* February 20 @ 7 p.m.
* February 27 @ 7 p.m.

9th Annual Gardeners' Conference
* February 6

Youth Chicken Project - Registration Deadline
* February 13

* February 18 @ 6 p.m.

* February 27-29

* February 29
* April 4
* May 2

* March 5

* March 30