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Meat and Dairy Goat Workshop in Brookings
South Dakota Ag Connection - 07/11/2018

SDSU Extension and partners will host South Dakota's first Meat and Dairy Goat Workshop July 14 in the Alfred Dairy Science Building (1224 Medary Avenue) on the campus of South Dakota State University, Brookings.

The conference, which is co-hosted by SDSU Extension, Value Added Agriculture Development Center and South Dakota Specialty Producers Association, will begin at 8 a.m. (CST) with registration. Workshops begin at 9 a.m. and will run until 3 p.m. Lunch will be served.

"The workshop brings together producers, academic experts and industry resources to help build a sustainable goat industry in the state," said Maristela Rovai, Assistant Professor & SDSU Extension Dairy Specialist.

The event offers producers the opportunity to do the following:

- Build their knowledge through science-based educational information;

- Interact with other participants; and

- Create connections with useful organizations and educators available to assist with all aspects of the goat industry.

The clinic is designed to provide practical information South Dakotans can incorporate into their operations.

"Whether you are contemplating goats, a new-to-goats producer, an established goat grower, a seedstock goat producer or a 4-H member, this workshop is designed for you," Rovai said.

The workshop will focus on both meat and dairy goat production, small ruminant health, nutrition and marketing topics though presentations and hands-on training.

Small ruminant nutrition, parasite control for goats and marketing: led by Dr. Steve Hart, Goat Specialist at the American Institute for Goat Research, Langston University, Oklahoma;

Expertise on raising meat goats: led by Dr. Gerado Caja, world renown small ruminant researcher, Veterinary Faculty, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain;

Lactation of goats: led by Maristela Rovai, Assistant Professor & SDSU Extension Dairy Specialist;

Heat and cold stress effects on goat performance: led by Dr. Ahmed Salama, South Dakota State University Post Doc Research Associate;

Small Ruminant Veterinary Protocol: led by Dr. Joe Klein, South Dakota Goat Producer and Veterinarian owner of White Veterinary Services, White, South Dakota; and

Information on raising a small goat dairy herd in South Dakota: led by Alvaro Garcia, SDSU Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Program Director & Professor.

Expertise on production, value added products and marketing will also be provided by producers and industry representatives.

The registration deadline is July 14 as participants can register at the door. To pre-register for this event, visit the SD Speciality Producers Association website. To help cover expenses, the registration fee is $31.20. This fee includes the workshop and lunch featuring locally grown foods. Register by July 11 to ensure access to conference materials and the meal.

For questions, contact Cheri Rath, Executive Director of the South Dakota Value Added Agriculture Development Center, by email.

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