You Can Program Series- Backyard Beef

DOVER-FOXCROFT, ME— Backyard Beef It is the next program in the You Can series.  It will be held Wednesday, October 17th from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm at the Penquis Valley High School in Milo. Cost is $5 and you can register through PVAEC, 48 Morton Ave., Suite M, Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426 or call 564-6525 or register online at

Even though times are tough, You Can sustain your family. The Piscataquis Valley Adult Education Cooperative and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension have put together a series of workshops that will give you the skills to get started in self-sufficiency.

You have some pasture available and are interested in raising your own beef animal to supplement your family food budget. Or you are thinking about finishing a beef calf to sell to supplement your family income.   How much space does this animal need?  What will it eat and how much will it eat? What do I do with the manure?  How much time will it take? How do I know when the animal is healthy and when it is sick? How much meat can I expect? This class will help answer these questions.

For over thirty years Donna Coffin has been the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Educator for Piscataquis County. Her area of expertise includes sustainable agriculture, home horticulture and home energy.  She received her Master of Science degree from the University of Maine in Animal Science in the area of animal nutrition. For over 25 years she lived on a small farm that included draft horses, beef, sheep, pigs, turkeys, and chickens.

UMaine Extension programs are open and accessible to all in accordance with program goal. Any person with a disability who needs accommodations for this program should contact Amanda Miles at 1-800-287-1491to discuss their needs at least 10 days in advance.

For more than 90 years, University of Maine Cooperative Extension has supported UMaine’s land-grant public education role by conducting community-driven, research-based programs in every Maine county.