An "Introduction to Cattle Ownership & Management" program will be held on Thursday, Feb. 1, at the University of Idaho Extension Office in Orofino.

This program is for landowners with little or no experience in owning or managing cattle.

Topics covered will include infrastructure needed to house, contain, and feed & water cattle, the economics of owning cattle, whether it is more cost effective to lease, forage or own your own cattle, trade-offs of only having cattle in the spring and summer vs. keeping cattle year round, basic equipment such as stock trailers, do’s and don’ts of buying cattle at a livestock auction, cattle breeds, and other topics.

Owning and managing cattle can be rewarding in itself, but it also provides a way to manage and utilize pasture and rangeland which can improve grass-land health, control weeds, and reduce wildfire risk by reducing fine fuels. Owning cattle can also be a way of obtaining additional income from your rural property, and grazing can qualify you for property tax categories that lower valuation and reduce your property tax bills.

A $10.00 registration fee covers handouts and refreshments. The program can accommodate up to 25 people.

Pre-registration is highly encouraged to ensure seating availability and to help plan for handouts and refreshments.

The U of I Extension office is at 2200 Michigan Ave. Orofino, ID.

For information: University of Idaho Extension office, Clearwater County, 208-476-4434

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