AVA, Mo. — The “Southern Missouri Small Ruminant Workshop” is planned for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 9 at Heritage Farm located 3.2 miles north of Ava or nine miles south of Mansfield. A lunch of lamb and goat gyros will be served on site.
The Animal Clinic of Ava, Lincoln University and University of Missouri Extension are partnering with Heritage Farm to make this workshop possible.
“If you want to raise sheep or goats for meat or milk, you can learn how to raise them successfully at this conference,” said Dr. Ted Probert, livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension. “The conference will provide the basic information participants would need to work with sheep and goats, including hands-on training in the afternoon.”
Topics for the conference include herd health management including foot rot, internal parasite control, sheep and goat nutrition including pasture and forage management, wool production in sheep, and co-grazing of small ruminants and cattle.
Dr. Charlotte Clifford-Rathert, a small ruminant veterinarian from Lincoln University Extension, will be a featured guest speaker at the workshop. She will address basic nutrition for small ruminants, integrated practices for parasite management, breeding practices and recognizing and reducing diseases.
Attendees are also encouraged to bring their check book. A donated goat will be auctioned off with proceeds being donated to Heifer International.
Workshop registration is needed by Aug. 31. Workshop cost is $35 per person or $50 per couple. Registration checks should be mailed to the Animal Clinic of Ava, PO Box 476, Ava, MO 65608.
You also may contact the Douglas County Extension Center at 417-683-4409 for more information.
— Ted Probert, University of Missouri Extension
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