Commercial goat conference to focus on production information
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Commercial goat producers can learn about everything from forages and fence options to marketing and doe herd traits at an Oct. 30 and 31 conference at the Harrison County Fairgrounds in Corydon, Ind.
The first Corn Country Commercial Goat Conference, sponsored by Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service in Harrison and Clark counties, will feature university speakers from Purdue, Tennessee State, Oklahoma State and Langston, as well as from the meat goat industry.
"This is a national conference about raising goats," said David Trotter, Purdue Extension educator in Clark County and conference speaker. "Attendees will learn new production information and sources where they can go to get information after the conference ends."
Trotter said diversity is key, both from a consumer and producer standpoint.
"There is a demand for meat goats because we have a more diverse consumer base," he said. "Depending on the size and weight of the animal, meat goats are bringing about $1.10 per pound liveweight, and it's a way for farmers to diversify their operation and try something a little different."
The good thing about goats, Trotter said, is that they can get the bulk of their diet from grazing and more thoroughly utilize the surrounding natural resources.
The national conference will begin with registration and a trade show at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 30. The first session, improving reproductive efficiency, will begin at 12:30 p.m.
The conference will focus more on commercial traits and profitability than on fitting and showing.
There is no fee to attend the conference, but registration is required. Individuals can register by calling the Purdue Extension office in Harrison County at 812-738-4236 or in Clark County at 812-256-4591. Lunch will be provided the second day.
Not affiliated with the conference, but occurring simultaneously, is the second annual Cream of the Crop Kiko Sale, which will begin at 1 p.m. Oct. 31 at the fairgrounds and feature more than 120 goats. Kiko goats, originating from New Zealand, are known as hardy production goats instead of show animals.
The goats will be available for viewing during breaks and between seminars on Oct. 30, and conference participants can easily attend all of the weekend’s activities.
More information about the conference and the sale is available online at http://creamofcropkikos.com/conference.htm. For questions and additional information, contact Linda Abner at 812-738-4236, email@example.com
Early conference sponsors include Goat Rancher, Boston's Billies Equipment, Powerflex Fence, Pride of the Farm, Farm Credit Services of Mid-America, The Goat Factory, and the Harrison County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
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