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2003/09/05

Learn About Livestock Alternatives At Small Farm To learn more about direct marketing and livestock alternatives come to the 11th annual National Small Farm Trade Show & Conference, November 6-8, 2003, at the Boone County Fairgrounds in Columbia, Missouri. Aaron Silverman (Oregon), a noted poultry expert, will conduct a short course on pastured poultry. Seminars include topics on marketing poultry and hog production (by Kelly Klober, Small Farm Today columnist and author of A Guide to Raising Pigs), sustainable beef production (by Rick Hopkins), direct marketing, legal aspects of small farming, and renewable and solar energy. A variety of livestock exhibitors will be on hand, showing off the benefits of Katahdin hair sheep, Jacob sheep, llamas, alpacas, Dexter and Lowline miniature cattle, meat goats, draft horses, and much more. This is the perfect opportunity to connect one-on-one with a wide variety of breeders. Come see rare and minor breeds in the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy barn. A Poultry Exhibition and an IBGA-sanctioned Meat Goat show (and a goat talk) are part of this year's show. Demonstrations include alpaca fiber, goat milking, draft animals, emu egg carving (by Chuck DeCornley, as seen in Egg Shell Sculptor magazine), and stock dogs. There will also be a Stock Dog Clinic on Wednesday before the Show. The National Small Farm Trade Show & Conference is sponsored by Small Farm Today@ and brought to you by John Deere; Liar's Lake; USDA-CSREES Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program; Parametrics Associates Inc.; Sustainable Agriculture Farming Institute (SAFI); MU College of Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources; and The Jefferson Institute. Other contribu-tors include NBC-8 (KOMU-TV); Crop Services International, Inc.; Sentinel Industries; NC+ Organics; Earth Tools; Kansas Windpower; Swihart Sales Co.; Bishop and Associates; and Lehman's Non-Electric. Show times are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Satrnday. Preregistration is available for $5/day, allowing attendance of the trade show, seminars, demonstrations, exhibits, shows, meetings, and Farmer's Forum. Short courses are an additional $25 per person per course before Oct. 1 and $35 each at the door. Call Small Farm Today at 800-633-2535 or see www.small-farmtoday.com for more information. Come see the Show and join the fun!

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