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June 30, 2011   Email to Friend 

PROGRAM HELPS TRAIN LOCAL OFFICERS ON ANIMAL CARE
Debra Davis
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June 30, 2011

Alabama Farmers Federation Broadcast Director Kevin Worthington, right, was among those who spoke at the Animal Agriculture 101 program in Troy, June 23. Worthington discussed working with the media. He is pictured with Nicole McLaughlin of the Montgomery Humane Society, left, and Sgt. Tracy Ward of the Houston County Sheriff's Department.
The Alabama Coalition for Farm Animal Care and Well-Being hosted three sessions around the state recently entitled "Animal Agriculture 101."

The first session was June 23 at the Pike County Cattleman's Park Building in Troy. About 30 people attended including officials with local humane shelters and humane societies, police officers and county commissioners. The idea was to share knowledge about humane handling practices for farm animals.

Attendees heard from six speakers on topics such as animal identification, animal behavior and handling, media relations, evaluating animal health and the role of the Alabama Department of Agriculture.

Nicole McLaughlin of the Montgomery Humane Society said the best aspect of the workshop was learning about available resources for working with farm animals.

"We have people living in urban areas who bring in animals like chickens or lambs who got more than they bargained for," McLaughlin said. "It's nice to know where to get the supplies and advice to take care of these animals until we find them a suitable home."

McLaughlin said she feels more qualified to serve farm animals after the workshop.

Sgt. Tracy Ward of the Houston County Sheriff's Department said the information he learned at the workshop would make certain parts of his job easier.

"I took away a lot of information I wasn't aware of, like handling livestock," Ward said. "We cover a lot of rural areas, so we're constantly dealing with livestock getting out of fences, so I think this information is going to be very helpful."

Other sessions were held June 28 in Fort McClellan and today 30 in Mobile. The coalition includes the Alabama Farmers Federation and other ag organizations.


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