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December 17, 2004

State symposium to cover sheep and goats

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Indiana Sheep Association's annual symposium will take place Jan. 8 at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds in Noblesville, Ind.

A wide range of educational topics covering sheep and goats will be discussed during the symposium. Sessions include:

• "Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Raising Sheep," with Craig Williams, Purdue University Cooperative Extension educator.

• "Goats with the Sheep Flock; Sheep with the Goats," with Mike Neary, Purdue sheep Extension specialist who will discuss raising both species on the same farm.

• "Parasite Resistance in Sheep and Goats," with Nicole Ferguson, a resident in large animal medicine at the Purdue School of Veterinary Medicine.

Other sessions will cover marketing, processing on the farm, nutrition and supplemental forages, and an informational update from the Indiana Board of Animal Health.

In conjunction with the symposium, the Indiana Junior Sheep Association will provide a workshop for 4-H-aged youngsters in grades three and up. Many of the activities at this workshop will be hands-on, addressing many aspects of the 4-H sheep project and sheep production in general. A separate program also will be available for children in kindergarten through second grade.

The symposium begins at 11 a.m. and includes lunch and an evening banquet. Costs for the program, lunch and banquet are $45 for ISA members and $60 for non-members. For those who do not attend the banquet, the costs are $30 and $45, respectively. Youth can participate at a cost of $25 for ISA family members and $40 for non-members, which includes lunch and dinner.

For information or to register, contact David Day at (317) 776-4600, drdcreek@yahoo.com. There also is a registration form and schedule of activities online.

Writer: Beth Forbes, (765) 494-2722, forbes@purdue.edu

Source: Mike Neary, (765) 494-4849

Ag Communications: (765) 494-2722; Beth Forbes, forbes@purdue.edu
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