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2006 Goat Field Day

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Our annual Goat Field Day will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2006 at the Langston University Goat Farm with registration beginning at 8:00 a.m. This year's theme will be Organic Goat production.

This year, our featured speakers will be Rev. Dr. Lisa Waltz, who will speak on organic meat goat production, and Ms. Nancy Coonridge, who will speak on organic dairy goat production.

Rev. Dr. Lisa Waltz, is a Naturopathic Doctor, Certified Traditional Naturopath, Certified Nutritional Consultant, ordained minister, and holds a Doctorate of Divinity. Dr. Waltz is also the author of "The Herbal Encyclopedia - a Practical Guide to the Many Uses of Herbs" and owns and operates The Natural Wellness Center. She has been raising meat and dairy goats the natural way, free of chemical intervention, for over 15 years. The herd consists of paint, solid, and traditional Boers, colorful Nubians, and percentages of the two breeds. Performance bred American Quarter Horses are raised alongside the goats at her small all-natural ranch known as Waltz's Ark, located near Delta, Colorado.

Nancy Coonridge has been making her living from her goats "in the Wilds of New Mexico" since 1982. Her Alpine, Nubian and LaMancha does graze the dry high desert range daily. Nancy's Grade A Dairy, Coonridge Organic Goat Cheese has been certified organic by the New Mexico Organic Commodities Commission since 1998. Before moving to New Mexico Nancy produced milk for an evaporated milk co-op, and two goat cheese co-ops. She managed a Grade A Dairy in California for a short time. She also edited the "Goat Products" newsletter for two years.

We also plan that a representative from the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture (ODA) to speak on rules and regulations for organic certification and production.

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

The afternoon workshops include:

  1. Natural Medicine for Organic Goat Production,
  2. Regulations and More Regulations,
  3. Organic Cheesemaking Overview,
  4. Basic Goat Husbandry - hoof trimming, farm management calendar, disbudding, etc.,
  5. Basic Herd Health - herd health program including vaccinations and other approved drugs,
  6. Nutrition for Production,
  7. Legal Aspects of Goat Production,
  8. Livestock Guardian Dogs,
  9. Goat Budgets,
  10. Predator Control,
  11. Introduction to Artificial Insemination,
  12. 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,
  13. General Youth Activities - fun activities for younger youth, and
  14. Fitting and Showing for Youth and Adults - full day workshop.

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 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.

Registration for the Goat Field Day is FREE but there is a $7.00 per person charge for the optional barbecued goat lunch. You can bring your own lunch and picnic on the grounds or you can pre-register for a lunch of barbecued goat.

This year we will have a goat cheese making workshop on Friday, April 28, the day before the Goat Field Day. This will be a hands-on workshop and there will be a registration fee of $25.00 and only the first 15 registrants will be admitted. You must pre-register by calling Dr. Zeng at 405-466-6103.

For information regarding the 2006 Goat Field Day, contact Dr. Terry Gipson at (405)466-6126 or at tgipson@luresext.edu

Register online for the 2006 Goat Field Day


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