King Conservation District hosts a series of four FREE workshops on land and livestock management practices every spring and fall. Attend the workshops to learn how to design, construct, and implement livestock management practices with one-on-one guidance from district technicians. Attend all four workshops or only those that meet your needs. The workshops take place over four consecutive weeks. Attend one workshop or all four in the series. The location of the workshop rotates to a different area of King County each season. Discover ways you can have less mud, better pastures, manage manure, and care for streams and wetlands.
Streams and Wetlands: Living with Livestock near Water
Take the plunge and protect your property, water quality, and fish & wildlife habitat. Attend this workshop to design a stream or wetland native plant restoration plan. Calculate the length and cost of a livestock exclusion fence to keep animals out of aquatic areas, select native plants suited to stream and wetland buffers, determine plant placement, and outline a maintenance plan.
Mud Management: Record Rainfall – Record Mud
It’s always the right time to prepare for wet weather. Attend this workshop to develop a mud management plan. Design a confinement area for livestock, select footing material, estimate barn roof gutter and downspout needs based on rain water runoff, and develop a confinement schedule. Alayne Blickle from Horses for Clean Water will share tips and tricks to manage mud on your property.
Manure Management: Got Livestock? Got Manure!
Discover what’s possible based on your finances, time and ability. Attend this workshop to develop a manure composting and utilization plan. Estimate the volume of manure produced by livestock, design and construct livestock manure storage bunkers or compost bins, and develop a plan to spread composted manure on pastures.
Pasture Management: Becoming a Grass Farmer
Yes, you can grow grass without weeds and meet your livestock forage needs – even on small acreage. Attend this workshop to develop a pasture management plan. Determine the grazing capacity of your pastures and learn how to manage grazing for optimal pasture production. A representative from the King County Noxious Weeds Program will discuss weed identification and control.