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2005 Goat Field Day

Our annual Goat Field Day will be held on Saturday, April 30, 2005 at the Langston University Goat Farm with registration beginning at 8:00 a.m. This year's theme will be Quality Assurance: Delivering a Wholesome Product to Market. This year, our featured speakers will be Dr. Ann Wells and our own Drs. Steve Hart and Roger Merkel.

Dr. Ann Wells will speak on herd health quality assurance issues. Dr. Wells graduated from Oklahoma State University School of Veterinary Medicine and has more than 20 years experience in livestock production, including producing and selling lamb and now grass fed beef. In private practice for 11 years and having worked for the ATTRA - National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service for nine years, Dr. Wells now has her own business, Springpond Holistic Animal Health in Prairie Grove, AR. Currently, Dr. Wells works with producers and educators across the country in developing sustainable animal health management plans. Operating a sheep and goat veterinary practice sparked her interest in complementary veterinary medicine. Her philosophy is to focus on the health of the animal through controlled grazing management and stress reduction techniques and strategies. Dr. Wells has also raised organic fresh-cut herbs, sheep, and dairy goats. Products from these sources were direct-marketed to restaurants, up-scale grocery stores, specialty food stores, and individuals.

Drs. Steve Hart and Roger Merkel are coordination leaders of a USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service-funded project emphasizing quality assurance for meat goat producers. The goal of this project is to develop web-based training and certification program materials that will best serve meat goat producers in assisting them to produce a safe, wholesome, healthy product. This project is multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional involving fifteen other universities and producer associations. Dr. Hart's presentation will focus on nutritional issues and Dr. Merkel's presentation will focus on the general concept of quality assurance and why goat producers should be interested in quality assurance.

In the afternoon session, participants will break into small-group workshops. There will be a total of fourteen workshops; however, participants will only have time enough to attend three.

Dr. Ann Wells will present the following afternoon workshops:

  • Helping Your Vet Help You with Dr. Ann Wells at 1:00 only,
  • Sustainable Parasite Control with Dr. Ann Wells at 2:15 only,
  • Injection sites and Drug Availability with Dr. Ann Wells at 3:30 only
  • The remaining afternoon workshops include:

  • Quality Assurance for Goat Nutrition with Steve Hart,
  • Quality Assurance from Farm to Fork with Roger Merkel,
  • Quality Assurance from Milking to Processing with Steve Zeng,
  • Basic Goat Husbandry I - hoof trimming, farm management calendar, disbudding, etc. with Jerry Hayes,
  • Basic Goat Husbandry II - pregnancy diagnosis, and other approved drugs with Dr. Lionel Dawson,
  • Body Condition Scoring for Improved Management with Mario Villaquiran,
  • Soapmaking Overview with guest speaker,
  • Benefits of Government Programs - overview of USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service’s work and its cost-sharing program and of the Farm Service Agency’s work with loans for farming activities with Mr. Dwight Guy of USDA-NRCS,
  • Livestock Guardian Dogs with guest speaker.
  • General Youth Activities - fun activities for younger youth with Sheila Stevenson, and
  • Fitting and Showing for Youth and Adults - full day workshop with Kay Garrett.

Ms. Sheila Stevenson will host a full day of activities for youth ages 5-12. This will allow the parents and older teens to enjoy the workshops knowing that their little ones are having fun in a safe environment. Last year, some activities included goat education (i.e., goat petting area, goat bingo), pony and horseback riding, fishing, PYOP (pot your own plant), and many other activities. This year's Youth Fun Tent activities have not yet been finalized but Sheila assures you that they will be as much fun as was the case last year.

Other youth and interested adults will be able to participate in a full-day clipping, fitting, and showing workshop conducted by Ms. Kay Garrett of the Oklahoma Meat Goat Association. Participants will have the opportunity to have hands-on practice of clipping and fitting a goat and then show it before a judge in the show ring.

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 $7.00 per person.

This year we will have a goat milk soap making workshop on Friday, April 29, the day before the Goat Field Day. This will be a hands-on workshop, which will be instructed by an experienced commercial goat milk soap entrepreneur. Principles and basic techniques of soap making will be demonstrated in a variety of soap types and fragrances. The instructor will also share her practical experience and marketing strategies. There will be a registration fee of $15.00 and only the first 15 registrants will be admitted. You must pre-register by calling Dr. Zeng at 405-466-3836 ext 226.

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 $7.00 per person.

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 2005 Goat Field Day, contact Dr. Terry Gipson at (405)466-3836 or at tgipson@luresext.edu


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