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August 20, 2004

UW-RF Offers Venison Workshop

With deer hunting season just around the corner, UW-River Falls Outreach and Graduate Studies will hold a one-day venison workshop on Saturday, Sept. 11.

Workshop leader Steve Watters said, "Now is a great time to learn or brush up on your dressing, caping, boning, and cutting techniques. Participants will be able to put these skills to good use almost immediately. If you pay a commercial locker to process your deer, it'll cost anywhere between $60 and $100 per deer."

The workshop will include an update on Chronic Wasting Disease from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and demonstrations of correct techniques and equipment for field gutting, skinning and caping, boning, cutting, and getting a deer freezer-ready. It also will cover the basics of home-made sausage-making.A limited number of hands-on cutting practice spaces are available for participants aged 16 years and older.

Watters, life-long hunter, has many years experience in meat cutting and processing. For more than 20 years, he has managed the meat processing pilot plant at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. The plant processes beef, pork, lamb, chicken, an occasional red deer, and a few ostrich. Watters also teaches classes and laboratories in quality assurance, meat cutting, meat processing and food processing.

The workshop is from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Agricultural Sciences Building. For more information or to register, visit, or call 715/425-3256 or 800-228-5607. The workshop costs $99 with the hands-on cutting practice, or $59 for the basic workshop and demonstrations only. The fee includes lunch and refreshments. Participants will also be able to purchase cutting equipment at the workshop.


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