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Area law enforcement and first responders will participate in a unique training exercise next week at Southeast Community College’s Beatrice campus.

Gage County Emergency Management Director Lisa Wiegand said during Wednesday’ County Board of Supervisors meeting that emergency livestock training will be held next week to help responders better handle trailer and other types of livestock-related incidents.

“We are coordinating and hosting at SCC the emergency livestock response training,” she said. “In the event any time that a livestock trailer overturns or those emergency processes that have to be used through animal use and animal handling, we’re helping with that.

“We hope that’s an event that never happens, but we know it will.”

The event, which will be held Tuesday, Dec. 10, is being sponsored by the Nebraska Dairy Association, Schwartz Farms, Nebraska Pork Producers and the Nebraska Beef Quality Assurance Program.

The training is an all day event with classroom activities planned in the morning. In the afternoon, hands on livestock training will be conducted with seminars on livestock handling, trailer demonstrations, euthanasia and a panel assembly.

Each participating agency is expected to purchase a $75 manual at the training. For more information or to register, visit go.unl.edu/lerpsignup

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