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Symposium to feature sheep and meat goat experts


Internationally recognized sheep and meat goat experts will be in Missouri on Dec. 2 and 3 to share information to help sheep and meat goat producers succeed regardless of the size of their operation or the experience of the producers. According to Garry L. Mathes, chair of the Missouri Livestock Symposium committee, "we have scheduled three of the nation's top authorities on sheep and goats and asked them to discuss topics that are both relevant and practical."

This year's program will feature T. A. Yazwinski from the University of Arkansas. Yazwinski will give two talks in both the Sheep and Meat Goat sections of the Symposium. His first talk in the Sheep Section will be "Important Parasites in Sheep" and his second talk will be "Controlling Worms in Sheep." According to Mathes, one of the interesting things Yazwinski will address is a discussion on some of the new dewormers he has been evaluating in his research as well as other novel approaches to controlling worms in sheep. His two talks in the Meat Goat Section will focus on the same subjects he discusses for sheep producers, but will be targeted for goat producers.

Also speaking in the Sheep and Meat Goat Sections will be Susan Schoenian from the University of Maryland. Schoenian, who maintains one of the best sheep and goat sites on the web at sheepandgoat.com, will cover two topics that always are a concern to producers. The first is "Hoof Health and Management," which will include a report on a New England on-farm project to eradicate foot-rot on the farm. In addition, she will talk in both the Sheep and Meat Goat sections on the timely topic of "Reducing Feed Costs."

The third Sheep and Meat Goat Section speakers will be Bob Fielder of MacArthur, Calif. Fielder has two topics he will address in each species section, "Breeding Better Sheep" (or "Breeding Better Meat Goats") and "Antibiotic Strategies: What if My First Choice Is Not Working?"

Those attending sheep and meat goat programs will receive a free Small Ruminant Toolbox, courtesy of the National Center for Appropriate Technology. These contain information that can assist sheep and meat goat producers with answers to common questions.

The 2011 Missouri Livestock Symposium is free and no pre-registration is needed. The doors open Dec. 2 p.m. at 4 p.m. Those attending can see classic tractor exhibits, an agriculturally related trade show, and enjoy a free beef dinner at 6 p.m. The evening program will feature Mike Adams, host of the popular radio AgriTalk program.

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