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Meat & Dairy Goat Workshop July 14 in Brookings, SD

Posted 7/9/2018 11:54am by SDSPA Marketing Contractor.

South Dakota’s 1st annual Meat and Dairy Goat Workshop will be presented by the Value Added Agriculture Development Center, SD Specialty Producers Association and SDSU Extension Dairy. The conference will be held at the Alfred Dairy Science Building (1224 Medary Avenue ) on South Dakota State University Campus in Brookings, SD on July 14, 2018. Registration begins at 8am. Workshop runs from 9am-3pm CT.

The conference will begin at 8 am (CT) with registration. Workshops begin at 9 am and run until 3 pm. Lunch will be served.

The workshop brings together producers, academic experts and industry resources to help build a sustainable goat industry in the state. The event offers producers the opportunity to do the following:

-    Build their knowledge through science-based educational information;

-    Interact with other participants; and

-    Create connections with useful organizations and educators available to assist with all aspects of the goat industry.

The clinic is designed to provide practical information that can be incorporated in your operation whether you are contemplating goats, a new-to-goats producer, an established goat grower, a seed stock goat producer or a 4-H member. 

The workshop will focus on both meat and dairy goat production, small ruminant health, nutrition and marketing topics though presentations and hands-on training.

Workshop details

-    Small ruminant nutrition, parasite control for goats and marketing – led by Dr. Steve Hart, Goat Specialist at the American Institute for Goat Research, Langston University, Oklahoma

-    Raising meat goats– led by Dr. Gerado Caja, world renown small ruminant researcher, Veterinary Faculty, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain

-    Lactation of goats– led by Dr. Maristela Rovai, Assistant Professor & SDSU Extension Dairy Specialist

-    Heat and cold stress effects on goat performance– led by Dr. Ahmed Salama, South Dakota State University Post Doc Research Associate

-    Small ruminant veterinary protocol – led by Dr. Joe Klein, South Dakota goat producer and Veterinarian owner of White Veterinary Services, White, South Dakota

-    Information on raising a small goat dairy herd in South Dakota– led by Dr. Alvaro Garcia, SDSU Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Program Director & Professor

-    Discussion regarding production, value added products and marketing will also be provided by producers and industry representatives. 

Registration information

The $30 registration fee plus processing cost of $1.20, includes the workshop and lunch featuring locally grown foods. Register by July 11 to ensure access to conference materials and the meal. Participants can also register at the door on July 14. 

Register Here

For questions contact Cheri Rath at or