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COL Egg Council sponsoring cooking contest

URBANDALE, Iowa -- The Iowa Egg Council is sponsoring its 17th annual Egg Cooking Contest. This year's theme is "Eggs: Nutritious and Delicious.''

The contest includes two categories -- an adult and a student category for those in grades 7 through 12. A total of 10 finalists, five adults and five students, will be selected to participate in a cook-off at Merle Hay Mall in Des Moines on March 23.

Each category will consist of a $750 grand prize. There will also be a $600 second prize, $450 third prize, $300 fourth prize and $150 for fifth place.

For additional information, contact the Egg Council at 1-877-IOWAEGG Ext. 11.

4-H horse project training scheduled

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AMES, Iowa -- Two statewide trainings for 4-H horse project leaders will be offered in 2002 via the Iowa Communications Network by Iowa State University Extension staff.

Training will be offered Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. and March 26.

The Jan. 30 program will focus on upcoming opportunities for 4-H'ers and horse health and management. Joan Howard, ISU veterinarian, will provide information on vaccinations and deworming for horses.

The agenda for March 25 includes information on horse hoof care, safety around horses, horse behavior and 4-H horse judging teams.

Dairy Day programs planned across Iowa

Seven location across northeast Iowa have been chosen for this year's Dairy Day program. The Dairy Day program runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

This year's topics include Health Concerns of Dry Cows, Baby Calf Concepts that Affect Cows, Growing Heifers -- What is Best?, Will we Ever Get a Handle on Teat-End Lesions? Can We Make a Living Dairying? and Caring for Baby Calves to Prevent Sickness.

Speakers will include Leo Timms, Larry Tranel, Dale Thoreson, and Robert Tigner, state and area Iowa State University Extension dairy specialists, Annette O'Conner and Robert Holland, veterinarians from the ISU College of Veterinary Medicine, and local veterinarians.

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Dairy Day programs will be: Jan. 21, Civic Center, Waverly: Jan. 22, Community Center, Postville; Jan. 23, KC Hall, Elma; and Jan. 24, Northeast Dairy Foundation Center, Calmar; Jan. 29, Johnson Reception Hall, Elkader; Jan. 30, the Avalon, Richardsville; and Jan. 31, Legion Hall, Ryan. There is a $6 registration fee due at the door. No pre-registration is required.

Estate, succession workshop scheduled

PRIMGHAR, Iowa -- An Estate and Succession Planning Workshop is planned Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. in the Community Building, Primghar.

The meeting is designed to provide useful information on the transfer of assets and management from current farm owners to the next generation.

The registration fee is $20 per individual and $30 per couple before Jan. 29. Registration the day of the workshop is $30 per individual and $40 per couple.

Lambing Time workshops scheduled

BANCROFT, Iowa -- Lambing Time workshops are planned Feb. 11 and Feb. 18 on two farms.

Don and Karen Heldorfer of Bancroft will host the first event. Their sheep operation uses a new 30-by-120-foot hoop barn for their 132-ewe flock.

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Tim and Janet Lohafer of Hinton will host the Feb. 18 event. The Lohafers lamb 240 head of ewes in a 20-by-40-foot lambing barn with raised expanded metal flooring pens. The workshops are by reservation only with a $5 registration fee.

Contact the Kossuth County Extension office in Algona at (515) 295-2469 for the Feb. 11 event. Contact the Plymouth County Extension office in LeMars at (712) 546-7835 for the second.

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