February 18, 2008

Prospective dairy goat producers target for workshop

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - A workshop to teach new goat producers the facts about dairy goat production and management will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 29 at the LaGrange County 4-H Fairgrounds.

The workshop, Getting Started in Dairy Goats, will feature experts from around the Midwest who will provide the basics for what it takes to start a dairy goat operation. Mike Schutz, Purdue University Extension dairy specialist, will speak about milking equipment, milk quality, and regulations and standards of goat milk production.

"The standards for producing goat milk are a little different than the standards for cattle," Schutz said. "We want to provide a workshop where people who are considering starting an operation know all the facts so they can further pursue this option."

Other speakers for the event will discuss dairy goat nutrition, marketing and managing a dairy goat enterprise, and processing of goat milk products.

The list of topics and speakers includes:

* Milking equipment and regulations - Schutz.

* Nutrition of dairy goats - Ed Bonnette and Sharon Kill, Hubbard Feeds companion animal nutritionists.

* Dairy goat enterprise, costs of production - Daniel Considine, Sunshine Farm owner and operator, Portage, Wis.

* Farmstead processing of milk products - Mary Ann Linehart Cross, Purdue Extension educator.

* Farmer panel - Considine, Mike and Mary Ann Cross, and Tim Clark, dairy goat farm owner and operator.

Registration is $20 and due by Feb. 22. To request a registration brochure or for additional information, contact Purdue Extension educator Steve Engleking at (260) 499-6334, sengleking@purdue.edu.

Writer: Hannah Brescher, (765) 494-8402, hbresche@purdue.edu

Sources:   Steve Engleking, (260) 499-6334, sengleking@purdue.edu

Mike Schutz, (765) 494-9478, mschutz@purdue.edu

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