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The election of pork producer delegate candidates for the 2012 National Pork Producers (Pork Act) Delegate Body will take place at 10 a.m. Aug. 2 in conjunction with a Board of Directors meeting of the N.C. Pork Council in the Hall of Fame Room of the Jim Graham Building, State Fairgrounds, in Raleigh. All North Carolina pork producers are invited to attend. Any producer, age 18 or older, 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 sales receipts with them proving that hogs were sold in their name and the checkoff was deducted. For more, contact the N.C. Pork Council at (919) 781-0361 or at 2300 Rexwoods Drive, Suite 340, Raleigh, NC 27607.

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The N.C. Hay Field Day at the Mountain Research Station is set for July 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The latest technology and research related to hay production will be discussed. Lunch is sponsored by Carolina Farm Credit. For more, contact Jim Turner at (848) 246-4466 or jim_turner@ncsu.edu or the Mountain Research Station at (828) 456-3943.

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A N.C. Goat and Sheep Producers Roundup will be held July 21 and 22 at the Lenoir County Cooperative Extension Center in Kinston. This educational event will provide an opportunity for goat and sheep producers to share and learn more about the latest issues related to the dairy and meat goat and sheep industries. A special "N.C. Chef's Cook-off" will feature chevon and lamb for lunch July 21. A youth goat and sheep fitting and competition will be held July 22. Pre-registration is $40 per day for adults and $10 a day for youth by July 11. After July there is an added $10 fee. Fees include lunch and printed materials. For more or for registration information, go to http://franklin.ces.ncsu.edu or contact Martha Mobley, Franklin County ag agent, at (919) 496-3344.

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The Carolina Paint Horse Club has announced its 2011 show schedule. Following is the schedule: Dog Days show, July 30 and 31 at the Sen. Bob Martin Eastern Agricultural Center in Williamston; the Fall Fling show, Sept. 17 at Colfax; and the Cardinal Classic, Oct. 15 and 16, at the WNC Agricultural Center, Fletcher. For more information on shows, contact CPHC president Tony Honeycutt, (704) 792-2122 or go to www.thecarolinapainthorseclub.com.

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The Carolina Mane Event Show Circuit will host a show Aug. 6 & 7 at the Hunt Horse Complex in Raleigh. For more on the shows, contact Michele McLaughlin at (919) 934-1344, e-mail at sileeno@ipass.net or go to www.ipass.net/cmesc.

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There will be an open horse show Aug. 27 at 11 a.m. at Biggerstaff Park in Dallas. Contact Judy Yarborough at (704) 400-1899 or JudyYar@aol.com for more.

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The 2011 Southeast N.C. Ag Show, hosted by the Lumber River Old Iron Tractor Club, will be held Oct. 22 at the Southeastern Agricultural Center and Farmers Market in Lumberton. The event features antique tractor and equipment displays, food, arts and crafts, kids' games and events, tractor games, music, working horses, equipment demonstration and FFA displays. For more, contact Junior Callahan, (910) 840-0291 or Jerry Willoughby, (910) 648-6369.

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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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NCDA&CS Public Affairs Division, Brian Long, Director
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