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Oct. 17, 2003


UW-RF to Hold Venison Processing Workshop

Just in time for hunting season, UW-River Falls Outreach and Graduate Studies will offer a one-day Venison workshop on Saturday, Nov. 1.

The workshop will run from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the meat laboratory of the Agricultural Sciences Building. The workshop cost is $89 with the hands-on cutting practice. It is $79 for the workshop and observation only. The fee includes lunch and refreshments.

According to workshop leader Steve Watters, "Now is a great time to learn or brush up on your dressing, caping, and cutting techniques. Hunting season is just around the corner and you'll be able to put these skills to good use almost immediately. If you pay a commercial locker to process your deer, it'll cost you anywhere between $60 and $100 per deer."

The workshop will include an update on Chronic Wasting Disease, and demonstrations of basic kill zones on deer, correct techniques and equipment for field evisceration, skinning and caping, cutting, and getting a deer freezer-ready. "We'll even cover the basics of home-made sausage-making" says Watters. A limited number of participants, age 16 years and older, will be able to register for hands-on cutting practice as part of the workshop.

To register, call 715/425-3256 or 800-228-5607 and request a copy of the registration form. A registration form can be downloaded at www.uwrf.edu/ogs/VenWshop.htm

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