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2014 Goat Field Day

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Our annual Goat Field Day will be held on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at the Langston University Goat Farm with registration beginning at 8:00 a.m. This year's theme will be Kidding and Kid Management.

Adult Activity (morning session): This year our featured speakers will be Ms. Jan Carlson and Dr. Charlotte Clifford-Rathert.

Ms. Jan Carlson has managed the University of California Davis Goat Facility for the past 14 years, maintaining breeding-teaching-research herds of approximately 140 goats (80 dairy, 40 Boer, and a group of transgenic research goats). She also teaches goat husbandry/animal science classes both in the classroom and at the goat facility. Ms. Carlson began working with goats in 1979, when she was hired to work on a research project involving a just-discovered goat virus, later named Caprine Arthritis Encephalitis Virus (CAEV). She continued her work as a research associate at Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Microbiology and Pathology, until 1995. From 1995 until 1999 she worked in Texas when the first Boer goats were being imported into the United States, where she programmed numerous embryo transfer groups, showed at the early ABGA National shows and maintained an import quarantine facility in compliance with the USDA Animal Welfare Act. Ms. Carlson is a member of the American Dairy Goat Association (ADGA) where she serves on a number of committees. She has served as Director on the Board of the American Goat Federation (AGF) since 2012, and is a past Director of the American Boer Goat Association (ABGA). She also is on the Dairy Goat Advisory Committee for DHIA West.

Dr. Charlotte Clifford-Rathert is an Assistant Professor in the College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences, Cooperative Extension and Research of Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri. She serves as the State Small Ruminant Specialist. Her focus involves studying embryonic and fetal losses in goats, vegetation control using goats and sheep, and small ruminant management. Currently her projects are funded by USDA and NRCS. She also contributes to the eXtension Goat Industry Community of Practice Leadership Committee. Her goals are to help promote and maintain a market for today’s goat and sheep producers and provide educational answers to health questions that goat and sheep producers may have. She is a contributor to the eXtension Goat Community of Practice (www.extension.org/goats). Dr. Clifford-Rathert received her Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1981. She worked in various fields of Agriculture such as small ruminant management, extension, and research before pursuing a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Missouri, Columbia in 1992. She practiced in a mixed animal practice in Central Missouri until joining Lincoln University in November 2007.

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:

  • Goat Kidding Plan - plan for success with Ms. Jan Carlson (1:30 p.m. ONLY).

  • Goat Kidding Procedures - procedures and obstetrics with Ms. Jan Carlson (2:30 p.m. ONLY).

  • Goat Kid Raising - the cold milk feeding program and other options with Ms. Jan Carlson (3:30 p.m. ONLY).

  • Internal Parasite Control - sustainable internal parasite control program with Dr. Charlotte Clifford-Rathert (1:30 p.m. ONLY).

  • Diseases of Concern during Pregnancy and Kidding - diseases that every producer should know and identify especially those that can be transmitted to humans with Dr. Charlotte Clifford-Rathert (2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. ONLY).

  • Basic Herd Health - herd health program including vaccinations, injection sites, and approved drugs with Dr. Lionel Dawson (1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. ONLY).

  • Nutrition for Health and Production - calculations of feed intake and of energy and protein requirements with Dr. Steve Hart (2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. ONLY).

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

  • Sketching Goats in the Field - basics of how to draw any type of goat in a natural setting with Mr. Ken Williams.

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

  • Cheesemaking Overview - basics of cheesemaking with Dr. Steve Zeng.

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

  • 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 moderated by Dr. Roger Merkel.

  • Fitting and Showing for Youth and Adults - tips and pointers on fitting and show ring etiquette with Mr. Dakota Ash (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 Pony Rides; Kid Petting Area; Face Painting; Exercise; Photo Greeting Cards; a Movie Room and many others. This year's Youth Fun Tent activities will include those activities as well as some new activities including Cool Science (ages 9 & up); Geo Boards (9 & up); Leather Craft (9 & up); and Environmental Exploration (9 & up).

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 Mr. Dakota Ash 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, if you desire. Regardless of lunch preferences, we ask everyone to pre-register.

Cheesemaking Workshop:Our ever-popular goat milk cheesemaking workshop has been scheduled on Friday, April 25, 2014 (the day before our annual Goat Field Day on April 26). Dr. Steve Zeng, our Dairy Product Specialist, will conduct this year’s workshop. He will demonstrate basic principles and practical skills of making authentic goat cheeses using our own Grade “A” goat milk. Milk quality, laboratory testing, cheesemaking facility and marketing strategies will also be discussed. This one-day hands-on workshop will be held in the pilot creamery at Langston University. For the cheesemaking workshop, there is a registration fee of $100.00/person, which includes continental breakfast and lunch consisting of goat meat barbecue, sausage and jerky and goat milk ice cream and cheeses, etc. Only the first 20 registrants will be admitted.

Mortality Composting Workshop: We will hold a workshop on mortality composting, which is scheduled on Friday, April 25, 2014 (the day before our annual Goat Field Day on April 26). This workshop is free but participants are encouraged to pre-register.

For information regarding the cheesemaking workshop, please contact Dr. Steve Zeng, Dairy Product Specialist, at (405)466-6145 or szeng@langston.edu.

For information regarding the mortality composting workshop, please contact Dr. Roger Merkel at 405-466-6134 or rmerkel@langston.edu.

For information regarding the 2014 Goat Field Day, please contact Dr. Terry Gipson at (405)466-6126 or at tgipson@langston.edu

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