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Dairy goat workshops, April 19

Prospective dairy goat producers are target for upcoming workshop

Our local Cornell Cooperative Extension offices take quite a few calls asking about dairy goats, how much land it takes to raise them, what to feed them, how to manage them and, most importantly, how do I market the milk. (Courtesy Photo)

GLENFIELD, N.Y. — There has been a good deal of interest over the past year in dairy goats as an alternative livestock enterprise suitable for many small-scale or part-time livestock operations. Our local Cornell Cooperative Extension offices take quite a few calls asking about dairy goats, how much land it takes to raise them, what to feed them, how to manage them and, most importantly, how do I market the milk.

Two programs are scheduled for Wednesday April 19, 2017. Dairy Goat Field Day 10:00am to 12:00pm for students on Spring break will be Hidden Pastures Goat Dairy / Blake and Andy Place, 5115 State Route 12 Glenfield, NY. For any youth interested in getting started with dairy goats (adults invited also) this is a great opportunity to visit a start-up goat dairy. Find out more about housing, milking facilities and goat herd health and management.

From 6:30pm – 9:00pm an evening program to discuss milk marketing and on farm processing will be at the Lewis County Cornell Cooperative Extension office on Outer Stowe Street in Lowville. Speakers includes Anika Zuber; Harvest NY Dairy Processing Specialist and Gregory Kulzer with NYS AG & Market. There you can review and discuss regulations and standards for goat milk production.

Farmstead processing, marketing and costs of production will also be covered. This meeting is also a good opportunity for dairy cow producers who are considering small scale processing and marketing.

The daytime field day is free and the evening program is $5 per farm and free for students.

Registration is appreciated as this allows us to communicate any cancellations or changes in arrangements.

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For more information please contact:
Ron Kuck CCE Jefferson 315-788-8450 rak76@cornell.edu
Mellissa Spence CCE Lewis 315-376-5270 mms427@cornell.edu
Betsy Hodge CCE St. Lawrence 315-379-9192 bmf9@cornell.edu

—Cornell Cooperative Extension Jefferson Co.

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