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2002 Goat Field Day

Register online for the 2001 Goat Field Day

Our annual Goat Field Day will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2002 at the Langston University Goat Farm with registration beginning at 8:00 a.m. In the morning session, Drs. Marvin Burns and Tilahun Sahlu of Langston University will welcome field day participants and give a goat research update.

Dr. Rick Machen of Texas A&M and our own Dr. Grant Tomita will be the featured speakers. Also during the morning session, Dr. Tomita will be speaking on mastitis and Dr. Machen will be speaking on the meat goat industry.

In the afternoon session, Dr. Tomita will conduct a workshop on the detection & diagnosis of mastitis in dairy goats, which will include sterile sampling techniques and the California Mastitis Test. Dr. Machen will conduct a workshop on judging and conformation of meat goats.

Also in the afternoon session, participants will break into small-group workshops in addition to the two aforementioned workshops. There will be a total of eight workshops; however participants will only have time enough to attend three. Afternoon workshops include: 1) Dairy Herd Improvement overview & tester training, 2) basic goat husbandry, 3) predator control, 4) fencing for goat production, 5) international goat activities, and 6) nutrition for meat goat production.

For youth, there will be a Fitting & Showing for Youth in the morning. This workshop will be conducted by Mr. Tim McKinney. Each youth will have the opportunity to fit and show a goat during this workshop. We will have a showring and a judge to assess showmanship.

For lunch, you can bring your own lunch and picnic on the grounds or you can pre-register for a lunch of barbecued goat, beans, potato salad, refreshments and goat milk ice cream. Cost of the lunch is only $6.00 per person.

There will be a youth program for youth too young to participate in the morning Fitting & Showing workshop or for the afternoon workshop. The younger youth will do a craft project and play games during the morning and afternoon. Therefore, the parents of young children will be able to enjoy the morning and afternoon session while their children are entertained.

This year we will also have a concurrent cheesemaking workshop. Pure Luck Texas of Dripping Springs, Texas will be our instructors. Pure Luck crafts award-winning artisan, hand-made cheeses come from milk from their own French Alpine & Nubian Dairy Goats. In 1998, Pure Luck entered the American Cheese Society competition and won first place with their Del Cielo in the "Farmstead Goat Cheese" category. In 1999, Pure Luck won another first place, this one for Basil Pesto Spread, made with fresh organic basil grown on the farm. Their chevre and Sainte Maure, both took second place red ribbons. This year Pure Luck will demonstrate cheesemaking using their Sainte Maure, which is an authentic French regional cheese with a dry, robust texture and sharp flavor.

Registration for the Goat Field Day is FREE but there is a $7.00 per person charge for the optional barbecued goat lunch. Please make plans to attend the Goat Field Day now.

For information regarding the 2001 Goat Field Day, contact Dr. Terry Gipson at (405)466-3836 or at tgipson@luresext.edu

Register online for the 2001 Goat Field Day


 

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