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Goat production webinar scheduled

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Purdue University Extension Service, Kentucky State University and the University of Kentucky have teamed together to sponsor a webinar on goat production.

The two-hour, two-part series will focus on kidding care and birthing in does and ewes, feeding, management, marketing and economic projection issues in raising goats.

Goat production numbers, according to Purdue Extension of Owen County, are rising in Indiana and Kentucky. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), 45,000 goats are raised in Indiana and 87,000 in Kentucky.

The webinars will take place on two consecutive Wednesdays, beginning Nov. 30, from 7-9 p.m.

The first session, on Nov. 30, concerns Kidding and Kid Care and will feature Kenneth Andries, Kentucky State University; and dealing with difficult births in does and ewes by Endre Fink from the University of Kentucky.

The second session, on Dec. 7, will feature teachings about feeding and management tips to reduce input costs for sheep and goat producers, led by Dan Morrical, Extension Sheep Specialist from Iowa State University; and marketing and economic projections for sheep and goat producers for 2012 and beyond by Erica Rosa-Sanko, Agriculture Economist, Livestock Marketing Information Center.

The programs will be carried by several extension offices throughout Indiana, including the Owen County Extension Office.

Call 812-829-5020 to register. Advanced registration is required by Nov. 23.

More information on the series may be accessed at the Fulton County Purdue Website at www.ag.purdue.edu/counties/fulton.

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