News Release

For immediate release - June 1, 2012

Equine Management, Horses Mean Business!

In Florida horses mean business! The equine industry in Florida is responsible for 5.1 billion dollars in economic impact annually and has an employment impact of over 100,000. Opportunities in the equine industry are not limited to owning or training horses but also include businesses which supply services and equipment to support Florida’s 500,000 horses. The 8th session in the Lake County Small Farm Series will be discussing basic horse care as well as risk management and equine related business opportunities. Equine Management will be held on Tuesday, June 19th at the Umatilla Public Library, 412 Hatfield Drive in Umatilla from noon – 1:30 p.m.

Horse-keeping can offer its own unique opportunities and challenges. The June 19th session addresses the equine industry and is designed to introduce Lake County horse owners to the practical knowledge needed to get started in raising horses or providing services to horse owners. Topics to be addressed include start up costs, risk management, marketing and technical skills. The class will be taught by Megan Brew, Livestock and Natural Resources Agent I, UF/IFAS Lake County Extension. Ms. Brew holds a B.S. in Equine Science and an M.S. in Animal Nutrition from the University of Florida.

This twelve part series, brought to you for free through a partnership between the Lake County Library System and the University of Florida’s IFAS Extension Service, is designed to introduce landowners to the many agriculture business opportunities available in Central Florida. Participants will learn about the risks and benefits of small scale farming in a fun and interactive learning environment.

Small business owners and anyone interested in creating their own small farm are invited to attend these free programs. This program is FREE and open to the public. For more information on this class or any in the series please contact Meg Brew, at 352-343-4101.

The press is invited to attend any of the classes and photographers are welcome.



Media contact:
Megan Brew
Livestock and Natural Resources Agent

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