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2012 Goat Field Day

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Our annual Goat Field Day will be held on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at the Langston University Goat Farm with registration beginning at 8:00 a.m. This year's theme will be State of the Goat Industry.

Adult Activity (morning session): This year our featured speakers will be Dr. Katherine Marshall and Mr. Tom Boyer.

Dr. Katherine Marshall, DVM, is an analytical epidemiologist with the USDA/APHIS Veterinary Services Centers for Epidemiology and Animal Health (CEAH) in Fort Collins, Colo. She has been the minor species commodity specialist with the National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) since 2000 and was responsible for the NAHMS Sheep 2001, Goat 2009 and Sheep 2011 studies. Prior to her work with CEAH, she completed a residency in preventive medicine and served two years as an epidemic intelligence service officer with the Centers for Disease Control in both Atlanta, Ga., and Honolulu, Hawaii. She also held positions as a field veterinary medical officer in the states of Washington and Hawaii. Marshall completed her masterís degree at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in England and her DVM at Colorado State University and worked in private practice in Hawaii after graduation.

Mr. Tom Boyer is a third generation rancher and sheep man who was born in Coalville, Utah. He and his wife Carrie, along with their daughter Maren, reside on the home ranch [Boyer Land and Livestock] on which he was born. Tom and his wife Carrie [also a third generation sheep producer] are the instigators of the Boer flock known across the nation as Chalk Creek Boers. They also are originating partners in NUSAA [acronym for Namibia, SA and Australia] with Dirk Louw [Namibia] and Geoff and Ceilia Burnett Smith [Australia] which resulted in the importation of 10 does, 10 bucks and 136 embryos in 2007. They also have a flock of show wether goats. In addition to the goats, they have a flock of registered Rambouillets that has produced several national champions and which also provides commercial rams in the western US. Tom is currently President of the American Goat Federation, Vice President of the Utah Woolgrowers Association and sits on the Board of Trustees for the Appraisal Foundation. He served as the National President of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers in 2005-6 and has held numerous other leadership positions including President of the American Rambouillet Sheep Breeders Association, Vice President of the International Boer Goat Association, the co-founder [along with Carrie] and first President of the Mountain States Meat Goat Association.

Our ever-popular goat milk cheesemaking workshop has been scheduled on Friday April 27, 2012 (the day before our annual goat field day April 28). Mr. Neville McNaughton, President of CheezSorce, L.L.C. in Davisville, MO will once again be our distinguished Invited Instructor for this yearís workshop. Mr. McNaughton is an internationally renowned cheese entrepreneur, creator, designer, evaluator, marketer and writer in the world of cheese. He has hosted cheesemaking workshops, judged cheese contests and designed cheese plants in the U.S. as well as internationally. He will share with us his rich background, hands-on experience and masterful skills in small-scale and homestead cheese manufacture. He will demonstrate basic principles and practical skills of making authentic Chèvre, St. Maure and/or Valencay using our own Grade ďAĒ goat milk. Milk quality, cheesemaking facilities and marketing strategies will also be discussed. This one-day hands-on workshop will be held in the pilot creamery at Langston University. There is a registration fee of $50.00/person, which includes continental breakfast and lunch consisting of goat meat BBQ, sausage, jerky and hamburger, and goat milk ice cream and cheeses. Only the first 20 registrants will be admitted. For registration information, please contact Dr. Steve Zeng, Dairy Product Specialist, at (405)466-6145 or szeng@langston.edu.

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

The afternoon workshops include:

  • Neglected Biosecurity and Strategic Use - learn about ways to keep your farm and your animals safe with Dr. Katherine Marshall (1:30p and 3:30p ONLY).

  • Zoonotic Diseases of Importance for Producers - diseases that every producer should know about and tips to identify them with Dr. Katherine Marshall (2:30p ONLY).

  • American Goat Federation and What it Can Do for the Goat Producer - learn more about the American Goat Federation, membership services, and the various avenues it promotes goats with Mr. Tom Boyer.

  • Internal Parasite Control - sustainable internal parasite control program with Dr. Steve Hart (1:30p ONLY).

  • Basic Herd Health - herd health program including vaccinations, injection sites, and approved drugs with Dr. Lionel Dawson (2:30 and 3:30 only).

  • Cheesemaking Overview - basics of cheesemaking with Mr. Neville McNaughton.

  • Goat Farm Budgeting - basics of budgeting and financial recordkeeping with Mr. Roger Sahs.

  • Nutrition for Health and Production - calculation of energy, protein and feed intake requirements with Dr. Steve Hart (2:30 and 3:30 only).

  • Goat Reproduction - basics of goat reproduction and techniques and equipment for artificial insemination in goats with Dr. Dave Sparks.

  • DHI Training - supervisor/tester training for dairy goat producers including scale certification with Ms. Eva Vasquez.

  • USDA Government Programs - overview of USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service's work with goats and its cost-sharing program with Mr. Dwight Guy.

  • Oklahoma Department of Agriculture Food and Forestry Programs - overview of ODAFF services for Oklahoma farmers and ranchers with Ms. Chris Kirby.

  • Pack Goats - basic goat training as a pack animal and equipment needs with Mr. Dwite Sharp.

  • Mortality Composting - basic composting techniques and equipment for disposing of goat mortalities with Dr. Roger Merkel.

  • Fitting and Showing for Youth and Adults - tips and pointers on fitting and show ring etiquette with Ms. Kay Garrett (this is a half-day afternoon workshop).

Fun Tent Youth Activity: Ms. Sheila Stevenson will host a full day of activities for youth ages 5-12 in the Fun Tent. 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 activities, pony rides, OKC ZooMobile, oklahoma wood-turners, leather working, pot your own plant, OKC Science Museum, and many others. 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.

GPS Scavenger Hunt Youth Activity: Ms. Sheila Stevenson will also organize a ½-day GPS scavenger hunt on campus. Youth will learn the basics of GPS and will use a GPS unit to finds "hidden" objects.

Fitting and Showing Youth Activity: In the afternoon, youth and interested adults will be able to participate in a half-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, fitting, and showing a goat.

Registration for the Goat Field Day is FREE but there is a $10.00 per person charge for the optional barbecued goat lunch and goat milk ice cream for dessert. You can bring your own lunch and picnic on the grounds or you can pre-register for a lunch of barbecued goat.

For information regarding the 2012 Goat Field Day, contact Dr. Terry Gipson at (405)466-6126 or at tgipson@langston.edu

Register online for the 2012 Goat Field Day


 

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