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The Carolina Feed Industry Association will hold its 73rd Annual Convention July 22-24 at the Kingston Plantation Embassy Suite Hotel in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Program topics include soybean meal outlook, business outlook, overview of pricing trends for renderer animal by-products, and a national update. E-mail Bonnie Holloman, bonnie.holloman@yahoo.com, or Cathy Price, cathyprice09@yahoo.com, for more or to register.

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B&M Stables in Four Oaks will offer a series of half-day horsemanship clinics with horse trainer Blaine McLaughlin. Following are clinic dates: July 24, Aug. 28, Sept. 25, Oct. 23 and Nov. 20. Classes run 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and cost $75. Classes are limited to five riders. For more, contact Michele McLaughlin, (919) 934-1344 or by e-mail at sileeno@ipass.net.

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The election of pork producer delegate candidates for the 2011 National Pork Producers (Pork Act) Delegate Body will be held Aug. 3 at 1 p.m. in conjunction with the Board of Directors meeting of the N.C. Pork Council. The meeting will be in the N.C. Farm Bureau offices at 5301 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. All North Carolina pork producers are invited to attend.

Any producer who is a resident of the state and has paid all assessments due may be considered as a delegate candidate and/or participate in the election. All eligible producers are encouraged to bring with them a sales receipt proving that hogs were sold in their name and the checkoff deducted. For more, contact NCPC, at (919) 781-0361 or 2300 Rexwoods Drive, Suite 340, Raleigh, NC 27607.

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An open horse show will be held Aug. 21 at Biggerstaff Park in Dallas, featuring English and Western classes. The show starts at 11 a.m. For more, call Judy Yarborough at (704) 400-1899 or e-mail at JudyYar@aol.com.

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The Johnston County Horse Show Series has announced its 2010 schedule, which is open to riders and horses from all riding levels, breeds and disciplines. All events will be held at the Johnston County Livestock Arena in Smithfield. Following are upcoming dates and start times: Sept. 4, Oct. 2. All shows start at 8:30 a.m.

Rain dates for all events will be the following day. For more, contact Michele McLaughlin at (919) 934-1344, by e-mail at sileeno@ipass.net or go to www.ipass.net/blaine_mclaughlin.

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The North Carolina chapter of Re-Run, a non-profit organization that places ex racehorses into adoptive homes, now has thoroughbred racehorses available for adoption. Thoroughbreds are versatile and do well in any number of disciplines including shows, events, fox hunting or pleasure riding, according to Elizabeth Macdonald with Re-Run. For more, go to www.rerun.org or contact Elizabeth Macdonald at hemacd@mindspring.com.

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The United States Equine Rescue League Inc. has hundreds of healthy horses available for adoption. All horses have current Coggins test, up-to-date vaccines and various levels of training. There is a small fee to adopt. To learn more about fostering, adopting or volunteering go to www.USERL.org or contact Sue Meadows, (252) 224-0959, Teresa Campbell, (919) 221-1564, or Cindy Mantyla, (252) 244-2813.

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NCDA&CS Public Affairs Division, Brian Long, Director
Mailing Address:1001 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1001
Physical Address: 2 West Edenton Street, Raleigh NC 27601
Phone: (919) 707-3001; FAX: (919) 733-5047