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March 16, 2007

Basics of raising meat goats will be highlighted at Purdue workshop

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Northeast Indiana Meat Goat Workshop on April 14 will provide current and future meat goat producers the opportunity to learn about production from industry experts.

"There is a growing demand for goat meat in Indiana because of the state's growing ethnic population. It is often served in specialty dishes centered around festivals or holidays," said Gonzalee Martin, Purdue University Extension educator and program coordinator. "This workshop addresses many questions that meat goat producers have about animal health, general management and marketing."

The workshop runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Fort Wayne, Ind., at the Allen County Fairgrounds in the Home Loan Building. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and is $15 per adult, $10 for youth ages 18 and younger or $25 per family. The registration deadline is April 6 and all fees are non-refundable. For late registration, there is an additional $5 charge. The registration fee includes materials, speaker fees, facility fees and lunch, which will be provided by Lengacher's Meats at 11:45 a.m.

The first session is designed for youth and 4-Hers and focuses on feeding, fitting and showmanship. The session will be taught by Preston Faris, a nationally recognized meat goat producer and judge at the 2007 Indiana State Fair. 

"The session gives youth insight as to what Faris will be looking for in the show ring as well as future expectations for the meat goat industry," Martin said.

Faris also will discuss building a commercial meat goat herd, including grazing and fencing management and general management and production plans including show and commercial meat goat selection criteria, feeding and nutrition requirements, and proper vaccinations.

In the afternoon, workshop participants will learn to implement a good parasite control program from Michel Levy, associate professor in large animal medicine at Purdue, and Purdue Extension specialist Mike Neary.

"Current and future goat producers need to be aware of the health issues associated with goats," Neary said. "Because goats are grazing animals, they are susceptible to internal parasites, which can be very detrimental to their health.

Workshop registration forms are available online at or by calling (260) 481-6826.  For questions and additional information, contact Martin at (260) 481-6826,

The Allen County Fairgrounds are located at 2726 Carroll Road in Fort Wayne, Ind.

The workshop is sponsored by Purdue Extension in Fort Wayne, Milan Center Feed and Grain, Archer Daniels Midland Alliance Nutrition, Lengacher's Meats and Sauder Feeds.

Writer: Julie Douglas, (765) 496-1050,

Sources: Gonzalee Martin, (260) 481-6826,

Michael Neary, (765) 494-4849,

Ag Communications: (765) 494-2722;
Beth Forbes,
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