Upcoming Events

Small- Scale Poultry Harvesting Workshop

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Come and learn how to humanely and safely process poultry for personal consumption and resale.

Date/Time: Wednesday, May 4 2016, Marshall County 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm (registration 1:30-2:00 pm)

Location: TBA at registration

Pastured Poultry is a growing industry in Alabama. As individuals make the step from consumer to producer, it is paramount they understand the proper techniques for processing poultry. This workshop will discuss and demonstrate best management practices and food safety for farmers interested in processing their own birds.  The goal of this event is for producers to become more self-sufficient and/or market a food-safety meat product at local farmers market to generate additional farm income. This is a hands-on demonstration where all interested participants will have a chance to utilize state of the art equipment.

Preregistration and payment are required for participation.  Registration is limited to the first 15 people, registration fee is $20.  Registration can be handled over the phone, email or in person through the Marshall County Extension Office or by contacting Hunter McBrayer @ (256) 582-2009

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Livestock Processing Feasibility Forums

Two well-attended exploratory livestock processing feasibility forums recently occurred, one in Northwest and one in Northeast Alabama. The purpose of these meetings was to educate livestock producers on agencies and technicalities involved with operating or starting-up livestock processing facilities. The goal was to increase awareness among livestock farmers so they will be better able to strategize their marketing options and plans with intent to increase sustainability and profitability. The problem has been that livestock farmers feel there is the need for more processing facilities but they do not have the awareness of what it takes to maintain or establish a facility.

The first forum took place on Wednesday Feb. 10 at the Morgan County Extension Office in Hartselle, AL; with an attendance of 48. The second forum took place on Thursday Feb. 11 at the Marshall County Extension Office in Guntersville; with an attendance was 37. Both meeting facilities were provided at no cost.  Each forum allowed one hour for the panel to present on livestock processing from their perspective and then another hour for questions, discussion, and interaction.

Collaboration and planning for these events included Alabama Cooperative Extension System, Alabama Mountains, Rivers, and Valleys RC&D Council, Food Bank of North Alabama, and Northwest Alabama RC&D Council.
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Marshall County 4-H Chick Chain

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2018 Chick Chain Show & Auction Information

2018 Marshall Registration form

Important Dates:

  • Friday, March 9th, 2018 (Registration Due to the County Extension Office)
  • Thursday, March 29th, 2018–MANDATORY Parent Meeting 6:00 pm at ALFA Farmers Federation Building located at 1333 Blount Ave. Guntersville, AL
  • Week of May 7th (tentatively) Chick Pick Up at the Extension Office
  • July 28th-Fowl Pox vaccination clinic (Extension Office; 10 am)
  • September 13th-Show & Auction (VFW Fairgrounds; 2:00 registration)

Breed Descriptions:

White Leghorn Chicken Rooster(Photo Source: Cackle Hatchery)

White Leghorn Color: White; Egg Color: White; Mature Body Weight: 4.3 lbs; Rate of Lay: Excellent; Additional Information: Excellent layer. (Source: Ideal Hatchery) This breed is very athletic, hardy, non-sitters and lay very nice large white eggs. The White Leghorn is a prolific layer of white eggs. They produce more eggs on less feed than most chickens. (Source: Cackle Hatchery)

Buff Orpington Standard Chicken Rooster(Photo Source: Cackle Hatchery)

Buff Orpington — Color: Rich Golden Buff; Egg Color: Brown; Mature Body Weight: 6.0 lbs; Rate of Lay: Good; Additional Information: These large, quiet disposition, loosely feathered birds have been a back-yard flock favorite for many years (Source: Ideal Hatchery). These “Golden Beauties” are large, stately birds of quiet disposition. Easy to dress for the table they are white skinned, plump, and juicey, a beautiful eating bird. They are a good brown egg layer. (Source: Cackle Hatchery)

Barred Plymouth Rock Rooster photo credit to Sharon Eads(Photo Source: Cackle Hatchery)

Barred Rock — Color: Black with White Barring; Egg Color: Brown; Mature Body Weight; 6.0 lbs; Rate of Lay: Excellent; Additional Information: One of America’s oldest breeds–an excellent dual purpose breed. (Source: Ideal Hatchery). A member of the Plymouth Rock family, an excellent winter/summer brown egg layer. The Barred Rock is a great backyard chicken for egg production. (Source: Cackle Hatchery)

2015 Farm City Farm Tours

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The Marshall County Extension Office is pleased to announce an exciting agricultural experience to local residents. In cooperation with the Alabama Farmers Federation, Alabama Extension is sponsoring a day of agricultural learning in Marshall County on Wednesday, November 18, 2015.

For this year’s Farm Tours, we have arranged to visit two farms, Sumner Farm and Maggie Valley Berry Patch and Gardens. Sumner Farm, located in the Boaz/Kilpatrick area, is a 162 acre beef cattle and poultry operation, specializing in South Poll Grass Feed Beef Cattle, a hardy grass fed breed. Maggie Valley Berry Patch and Gardens, located in Grant is a commercial horticulture operation with 6 acres of strawberries (70,000 plants), 1 acre of peaches and ¼ acre of blueberries. Both of these farm visits promise to be both educational and pleasing.

In addition to the farm visits, a number of local agricultural leaders will be present to discuss the importance of the agricultural industry in Marshall County and the state of Alabama. At the second visit, lunch will be provided by the Marshall County Master Gardeners. A bus will be available for transportation to and from the farms, but each attendee may drive his/her own vehicle if desired.

The event is open to the general public and is FREE of charge. Please RSVP by calling the Marshall County Extension Office at (256) 582-2009.

For questions or concerns contact Hunter McBrayer at (256) 302-0510 or by email at: rhm0015@aces.edu.

Please review attached flyer for more information:

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