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Sheep and Goat webinar coming up

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Jenna Smith
Last year, several sheep and goat producers locally and throughout the state were able to take part in the sheep and goat webinar, hosted by Purdue Extension.

During last year's webinar, participants learned one of the best ways to help care for kids (newborn goats) is through preparation before they arrive.

To prepare, begin by increasing the energy and protein found in the does' diet.

During the last term of pregnancy, does' protein requirements increase by 54 percent while their energy increased by 21 percent.

To reach these requirements, you will have to change the does' diet outside of providing additional forage.

Forages will not help reach these requirements because the doe does not have enough room due to the pregnancy to eat the amount of forage needed to reach the requirements.

This year, local sheep and goat producers will have the chance to further their knowledge by attending two webinars offered at the Owen County Extension Office.

These webinars will focus on feeding practices following the drought, managing forage shortages and the production of commercial versus show goats.

Sheep and goats are small ruminants, so they rely on forage-heavy diets.

Indiana's extreme heat and drought this spring and summer greatly reduced forage supplies.

Those challenges, combined with a growing interest in sheep and goat production, are the impetus behind the webinars.

"We'll be talking about what this year's drought did to pastures and the lack of feed for farmers," Purdue Extension Educator in Fulton County and webinar organizer Mark Kepler said. "More and more farmers are starting to raise sheep and goats because they require less space and maintenance than larger farm animals.

"We're gearing this program toward those who are novice or beginners, but the information is really important to all sheep and goat producers."

The webinars will take place Wednesday, Nov. 28, and Wednesday, Dec. 5, from 7-9 p.m.

On Nov. 28, participants will hear from Ken Andries, Kentucky State University Extension goat specialist, on dealing with shortages and alternatives forages following the drought, along with Mike Neary, Purdue Extension Small Ruminant specialist, on feeding sheep and goats following the drought.

On Dec. 5, participants will hear from Keith Johnson, Purdue Extension Forage specialist, about 2013 pasture considerations following the drought, and Kepler about the differences between raising show goats and commercial goats.

Anyone interested in attending either of these two sessions are encouraged to contact the Owen County Extension Office at 812-829-5020 to sign up.

The webinars are free. Please sign up by Nov. 26.

As always, if you have any questions or would like information on any agriculture, horticulture or natural resource topic, then please contact your local Purdue Extension Office at 448-9041 in Clay County, or 812-829-5020 in Owen County, or reach me directly at smith535@purdue.edu.

Purdue University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution.

Upcoming opportunities available to you through Purdue Extension include:

* Nov. 14-15 -- Indiana Rural Summit, Indianapolis. Log on to www.in.gov/ocra to register,

* Nov. 15 -- Peggy Davis Retirement open house, Clay County, 3-5 p.m., Clay County 4-H Exhibit Hall,

* Nov. 22-23 -- County holiday. Extension Office closed,

* Nov. 27 -- Start of Forestlands Workshop, 6-9 p.m., Martinsville. Call 317-631-5263 Ext. 118 to register,

* Nov. 28 -- Sheep and Goat Workshop, 7-9 p.m., Owen County Extension Office. Call 812-829-5020 to register by Nov. 26,

* Nov. 28 -- Post Harvest Update and Recertification Workshop, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., West Lafayette. Log on to http://extension.entm.purdue.edu/grainla... for more information,

* Nov. 29 -- Owen County Extension Board meeting, 6:30 p.m., Owen County Extension Office, and

* Nov. 30 -- MarketReady Indiana, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost is $60, in Terre Haute. Call 812-462-3371 to register.

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