Purdue News

August 4, 2006

Goat and sheep workshop to focus on growing industry

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — A goat and sheep forage workshop will be held at the Southern Indiana Purdue University Agriculture Center (SIPAC) near Dubois, Ind., Aug. 29.

The workshop will be held from 3-7 p.m. CST at 11371 E. Purdue Farm Road near Dubois.

Sheep and goat production is clearly growing in popularity, said Mike Neary, Purdue Extension specialist.

"It is ideal for producers with limited acreage, and it doesn't require a lot of labor," he said.

The workshop is designed for sheep and goat producers, beginning herdsmen or those interested in learning more about proper sheep and goat management.

The workshop will cover forage-quality basics for sheep and goats, and the use of warm season annual forages and cool season pasture grazing systems. Other sessions will cover fencing and watering for grazing systems, parasite management and hoof health in grazing goats and sheep.

Participants also will get an overview of the SIPAC meat goat project, a joint effort between Purdue and the University of Kentucky that will provide research and education for producers and the industry.

More information and a map can be found at online.

Anyone interested may register the day of the workshop at the door. There is a $2 registration fee per person. Light refreshments will be provided.

Purdue Agriculture, the University of Kentucky and Kentucky State University are sponsoring the workshop. Other university specialists presenting include Terry Hutchens of University of Kentucky, Ken Andries of Kentucky State University and Jason Tower of Purdue.

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

Erin Barnes

Source: Mike Neary at (765) 494-4849, mneary@purdue.edu

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

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