“Equipping People to Reproduce Standard Bred Poultry that are Productive & Profitable!”
We are excited to announce our second year of our (5) day sustainable poultry school. And we are honored to partner again with WPCC; they have a great sustainable farming program and we are honored to be involved in their heritage poultry farming development. They are committed to raising standard bred poultry and equipping young farmers to breed, grow and market sustainable flocks of standard bred poultry.
This comprehensive, weeklong workshop is for anyone interested in raising, breeding, hatching, marketing, cooking, exhibiting and preserving standard bred poultry. The breeder, farmer, consumer, chef and fancier would all benefit greatly from this forty plus hours of education. The week will include the nation’s top poultry specialists, live bird demonstrations and visits to local, sustainable model farms.
The week will begin with clarifying instruction of what defines standard bred poultry. Learn the basics of how to identify domestic breeds of chickens, ducks, geese and turkeys. You’ll learn the rich historical meaning of why certain breeds of poultry were established and what was they’re original intent when it was developed. You’ll learn the art of incubation; naturally and artificially. Learn how to collect eggs, properly store them and prepare them for hatching. Learn the necessary skills to successfully hatch your own eggs right on your farm. Other critical subjects will include poultry diseases, bio-security, basic poultry health management and the economics of production and marketing.
You will be introduced to basic breeding principles and the understanding of genetics. You will learn how to identify your productive birds, select your best breeders, set up your breeding pens and how to cull your flock. Learn the art of selecting for meat qualities, rate of growth, selecting for egg production and ongoing selection of breeding stock. You’ll be guided through the development of small business plan and how you can profit from your sustainable poultry farm.
Dates & Location & cost: Western Piedmont Community College – March 17th – 21st 2014 (Morganton, NC)
Cost Option #1 – $1350.00 Includes: SPS Tuition, (4) days of meals, hotel for (4) nights, airport shuttle to and from the SPS location and your educational training manual.
Early Bird Registration: $1200.00 – paid by December 1st, 2013
Cost Option #2 – $750.00. Includes: SPS Tuition, (4) breakfast & lunches and the educational training manual.
Early Bird Registration: $650.00 – paid by December 1st, 2013.