Missouri Livestock Symposium to hold Meat Goat Program
Regardless of how many goats you have or how long you have had them, the 2010 Missouri Livestock Symposium will offer helpful information. The Symposium will be held Dec. 3 and 4 in Kirksville, Mo., at the Kirksville Middle School, 1515 S. Cottage Grove. There is no pre-registration and the Symposium is free. Free meals are available on Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. and at noon on Dec. 4. According to Missouri Livestock Symposium chair Garry L. Mathes, "If there's a better deal out there, I don't know about it!"
Speaking on meat goats this year will be small ruminant veterinarian Dr. Bob Fielder of McArthur, Calif. Fielder will present practical information and a new way of determining which antibiotics will provide the best results for common goat sicknesses. Dr. John Middleton, College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Missouri, will talk about the common diseases and ailments that afflict goats and how to prevent such problems. Also speaking in the meat goat section will be professor and meat goat producer Bruce Shanks, Ph.D., from Lincoln University. Shanks will talk about the top 10 ways goat producers can cut costs while adding value at the same time. Shanks' family operates several farms in central Missouri where they raise and market various goat products. Lastly, goat producers will have the opportunity to hear from fellow goat producers Richard and Brian Pemberton, who will offer several producer friendly tips for meat goat production--learned over several years of raising goats. Their talk is simply titled "A Producer's Experience."
In addition to the meat goat talks, there will be choices that appeal to producers of goats or those considering them. According to Mathes, "We also have a full line-up of top notch speakers and topics in our forages section, stock dog, beef, horse, general livestock, and consumer sections. I encourage everyone to go to www.missourilivestock.com to see the full program or call 660-665-9866 or 660-341-6625."
Hours for the 2010 Missouri Livestock Symposium and our agriculturally related trade show are 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Dec. 3, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 4. Garry Lacefield, Ph.D., will be the keynote speaker on Dec. 3 and producers and others in the livestock industry will not want to miss his talk.
The Missouri Livestock Symposium always ends its program with a country music concert. This year, Becky Blackaby will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 4. Tickets, which are the only cost associated with the Symposium, can be purchased by calling 660-665-9866 or 660-341-6625.
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