Cattle Handling Workshop at Big Ridge Farm

Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture announces a cattle-handling workshop at Big Ridge Farm in Mitchell County.  Join Kae and Bill Arrington who will speak to their experience with the unique Highland Breed. During the workshop, Lorie Townsend, a NCDA Research Specialist, and Teresa Herman, an Iredell County Extension Agent, will demonstrate key handling and care techniques with the Arrington’s Highland Cattle Herd. The workshop will take place from 10:00 to 3:00 on Wednesday June 4th.
Herman and Townsend will draw on their expertise to talk participants through the handling, water, and fencing options located on the Arrington farm. Of focus, will be the benefits of proper handling facilities which allow one or two people to safely care for their herd. Kae Arrington was able to purchase her handling equipment for her herd through a Mary Boyer Sustainable Food and Agriculture Grant.
Scottish Highland Cattle, recognizable by their horns and sweeping hair, can utilize the steep slopes in the High Country and browse like goats on diverse pasture. The Arrington’s started out with a small herd of Scottish Highland Cattle in 2007 to help reclaim steep overgrown slopes on their farm in Mitchell County. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about this unique breed and the benefits it can have on our High Country pastures.
“I’m excited to host this educational opportunity for our area” said Arrington. “This workshop will offer an on-farm experience to those interested in using a sweep tub and squeeze chute and a chance to learn about how we manage a unique breed in the high country.”
There is no cost for the workshop but all participants are encouraged to bring a potluck lunch item to share. More information about the workshop and the grant can be found at Please RSVP for the workshop by contacting Suzanne Fleishman at or Calling828-386-1537

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