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Welcome to the Washington State Livestock Coalition
The mission of the Washington State Livestock Coalition is to provide education, advocacy, and assistance in order to promote responsible livestock care and ownership in Washington State.
Originally named The Stockmens Coalition, our non profit was formed in 2009 by a group of livestock owners in Thurston, Lewis, and Grays Harbor counties to address the issues that many livestock owners are facing regarding responsible livestock care. In 2013 the name was changed to The Washington State Livestock Coalition (Waslico is our acronym) to better reflect our mission to provide education, advocacy, and assistance to all livestock owners in Washington State.
- Educate livestock owners and the public on the care of livestock
- Serve as advocates to assist owners in developing a plan of care for their animals
- Assist in providing temporary assistance such as feed and other care to animals, especially during disasters
You can contact any of our team members through email by clicking on their title.
Our SupportersWe are pleased to have made many wonderful connections in the community. These are just some of the groups who have supported us, and we look forward to working with them and many others on an ongoing basis.
- The Feed Bin
- Tack Room Too
- TLC Tack
- Advance Environmental
- Olympia Farrier Supply
- Dell's Farm Supply
- Chehalis Rentals
Our ActivitiesWe do a lot of fun activities during the year, here are just a few:
- Our annual trail ride, usually in June. Here is a link to our Trail Ride sign up for this year.
- Movie nights during the winter in January, February, March
- Fall and spring livestock care seminars
- Our annual summer picnic
- Potlucks, dinners, and dances
- Tack sales and flea markets
- Food drives to support community food banks
What We Do
EducationOur mission is to inform and educate the agricultural community in setting care standards for livestock, and provide information and education to the public on proper livestock management issues.
- We host seminars in the Spring and Fall that provide detailed information on seasonal livestock care issues.
- We provide handouts on livestock care that are specific to the Pacific Northwest
- We work with the local 4-H and other organizations to provide education on livestock care
AssistanceOur mission is to provide assistance to individuals with temporary needs for animal feed, animal transport, maintenance and protection of farm environments, and other elements of livestock production.
- We help owners in hardship situations with our hay bank, fence building, and other animal care issues
- We offer counseling and intervention for livestock owners in difficult circumstances that are interfering with their ability to properly care for their animals
- We assist with emergency preparedness.
AdvocacyOur mission is to proactively develop and implement standards of care for livestock and poultry, and to propose legislation to provide statutory basis for "best care" practices.
- We advocate for the livestock industry by working for the just treatment of both animals and owners
- We participate in the creation, promotion, and tracking of Washington state legislation that promotes just treatment
- We are involved in defining standards of care for the livestock industry in Washington state
- We work with local law enforcement to follow up on potential livestock abuse situations
- We have taken over the advocacy initiatives that were being handled by the Washington State Horse Council.
Please give us a call at 360 280 5313 if you can help in any of the areas listed below.
You can also fill out and send us the volunteer form.
- Volunteer to help put together our seminars - design and pass out flyers, set up tables, etc.
- Do you have a skill you'd like to share? Let us know if you are an expert on an aspect of livestock care and would like to teach a class.
- Are you a subject matter expert in an area of animal care? We can set up speaking engagements to discuss animal care issues.
- Assist with assessing emergency situations and determining a plan of care
- Help repair fences
- Deliver hay and other feed
- Help out with general livestock care during emergency situations
- Trail ride - we need volunteers to help set up the event - people with their own horses to help mark the trail, cooks, setup/cleanup crews, sweep team to make sure no one gets lost, sign up assistants, get donations for raffles and general all around workers.
- Volunteers to clean up the trails before the ride, this would be an activity through DNR. Bringing your own mule would be appreciated but not required!
- Are you an attorney who is willing to assist pro bono with legal advice for animal care cases? Please let us know!
- Helping with legislative initiatives - writing, reviewing, and promoting