Tour offers lessons on land management animal husbandry
Washington State University Clark County Extension’s Small Acreage Program invites Clark County residents to a June 29 tour of a 5-acre alpaca ranch in the Ridgefield area.Serendipity Alpaca Ranch is home to alpacas and a couple of goats. Pam Conrad, who has managed the ranch for more than six years, has implemented practices to reduce mud, improve pasture quality, and control runoff to reduce negative effects on soil and water.“Pam Conrad is a great example in our county, modeling stewardship practices that keep animals healthy and benefit ranch operations and protect our natural resources,” said Teresa Koper, Small Acreage Program coordinator.The tour is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 29. Cost is $10. Tour size is limited and pre-registration is required. Participants will meet at the property in Ridgefield, with the address provided upon registration.Registration can be done online at alpacaranch2019.bpt.me or by calling 564-397-5729.Participants should dress appropriately for the weather, bring a water bottle, and wear sturdy boots.Coffee, juice and water will be provided.The Small Acreage Program, co-sponsored by WSU Clark County Extension and Clark County’s Clean Water Program, will lead the tour with the landowner.Participants can ask questions about animal husbandry questions and see pasture and compost areas.