Manure management workshop for horse owners

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FRANKLIN, Pa. — The Venango Conservation District will hold a manure management workshop March 27 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Two Mile Run County Park’s Nature Lodge, 471 Beach Road Franklin, Pa.

In Pennsylvania, it’s required by law that all farms generating or using manure, regardless of animal type or number of animals associated with the operation, must have a manure management plan.

This includes horse operations of any scale, even if you don’t consider it a farm.

Topics covered will include an overview of the revised Manure Management Manual and steps on how to complete your own plan.

Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Regional Veterinarian, Dr. Karen Martin, will give an important and useful presentation titled What to Do When a Horse Dies?

Resources available

The Natural Resources Conservation Service will also be attending to provide information regarding programs that are available to assist local farmers. Attendees will receive a copy of the updated Manure Management Manual, but must bring a map of their farming operation, in order to get a start on completing their plan.

Maps can be hand-drawn or computer generated. Please contact the Conservation District as soon as possible if assistance creating a map is needed. Assistance will be available at the workshop in order for attendees to leave with a completed manure management plan.

A light meal and refreshments will be provided. Registration is free but required by March 21. Although this workshop is focused toward equine operations, farmers of any animal species are welcome to attend.

Contact the Venango Conservation District at 814-676-2832 to register by phone or for more information.

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