Meat and Dairy Goat Health Seminar, Black Hawk College, kewanee
Goat Health Mini-Seminar – February 28 – 9:00-1:30
Both meat and dairy goat producers looking to sharpen their management skills related to animal health will want to check Saturday morning, February 28 on their calendars. The entire seminar will be held on the campus of Black Hawk East, in the warmth of the Ag Arena building, located just south of Kewanee, Illinois at the junction of Routes 34/78.
Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. in the Ag Arena building bleacher area with coffee and donuts. The program will then start promptly at 9:30 a.m. with a welcome and a short update by Jeff West, Extension County Director, Henry-Stark Unit, concerning available Extension goat management resources. This short presentation will be followed by the featured speaker Dr. Chris Duemler, D.V.M. from Brodhead, Wisconsin with a presentation on "Whole Herd Health."
In addition to Dr. Duemler, there will also be an excellent round-up of knowledgeable speakers who will present the following topics during the morning session. They are "Increasing Pasture Production and Quality with Multi-Species Grazing" by Dean Oswald, University of Illinois Extension Grazing Specialist; "Live Hoof Trimming Demonstration" by Charlie Onley, a meat goat producer; "Meat & Dairy Goat Feeding Similarities and Differences" by Dr. Rodney Dennis, Nutritionist with Kent Feeds.
Following the 'feeding' presentation by Dr. Dennis, participants will also have the opportunity to sign up and participate in a FAMACHA certification program at 1:30 p.m. The certification and training program will run from 1:30 until 4:00 p.m. and will cost an additional $15 per family/farm for the card. FAMACHA is a parasite management program designed to help producers identify and treat only problem animals rather than the entire flock. The training program, which includes classroom and hands-on instruction, will be provided by Jennifer Miller, D.V.M. and Andrew Miller.
The program is sponsored by University of Illinois Extension, Heartland Dairy Goat Club, and Black Hawk East College. A light lunch of chili, hot dogs, and a drink will be available for purchase on site between sessions from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Registration is $10 for adults, free for youth; $12 for walk-ins that day. FAMACHA training fee is separate from registration. Pre-registration should be made by February 20 by contacting the Extension office at 309-853-1533 or email Jeff West at email@example.com or mail your registration directly to Henry-Stark Extension, 26234 Black Hawk Road, Galva, IL 61434.
Jeff West County Dir.
University of Illinois Extension
26234 Black Hawk Rd
Galva IL 61434
PH: 309-853-1533 FA: 309-853-1634
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