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Meat Goat Workshop - Kewanee

A Meat Goat Workshop will be held on the Black Hawk East Campus on Saturday March 10th Program will be updated as it is known

Meat goat production has been rapidly expanding in Illinois, as well as throughout the entire United States, driven by a growing ethnic market with a taste for goat meat. With this growth comes an increased number of questions from traditional livestock producers, as well as new producers, concerning production and management of the meat goat.

With this in mind, University of Illinois Extension Henry-Stark unit has put together a workshop to be held on Saturday, March 10 at the East Campus of Black Hawk College, located just south of Kewanee, Illinois. The program is scheduled to start at 8:45 a.m. with registration and the first session getting underway at 9:10 a.m. and the last session ending by 2 p.m.

Topics for this Saturday workshop will include: Meat Goat Nutrition by Dr. Richard Cobb, University of Illinois Extension Specialist; Grazing for Profit by Dean Oswald, Extension Grazing Specialist; Live Meat Goat Evaluation by Michael Crum, ABGA Region 10 Director, and Michael Earles of Thornridge Farm.

An optional lunch break will be available on site at 12:40 p.m. for an additional $6.50 per person for those who plan to stay for the last session. The last session of the day is entitled "Show Ring Tips and Tricks" by Rick Childress of Tangletree Farm and will run from 1:20 to 2 p.m.

Registration for the program is $4 for youth and $8 for adults with a deadline of March 5. An additional pre-registration fee of $6.50 per person will be charged for those who want to eat lunch on site and stay for the last session.

For more information or to register for this program, contact the Henry-Stark Extension office at 853-1533 or email Jeff West at You can also send your check and registration information to Henry-Stark Extension, PO Box 74, Galva, IL 61434.

Following the program, at 2PM, a FAMACHA Workshop will be held. FAMACHA is an innovative program management system for the treatment and control of Haemonchus Contortus (Barber Pole Worm) in goats and sheep. It assists in making deworming treatment decisions by measuring levels of anemia or blood loss. The system is available only through veterinarians who may train producers to receive certification to use the system. There is a $15 charge for this session, which includes purchase of a FAMACHA card. Program to be presented by Andy and Jennifer Miller DVM

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