Southwest Missouri Sheep and Goat Conference set March 22
The Southwest Missouri Sheep and Goat Conference is planned for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., March 22, at the McDonald County Fairgrounds behind the High School at 100 Mustang Drive, Anderson.
Goats have been the fastest-growing livestock enterprise in the United States in recent years according to Jodie Pennington, small ruminant educator with Lincoln University Extension.
“If you want to raise sheep or goats for meat or milk, you can learn how to raise them successfully at this conference,” said Pennington.
The conference will provide the basic information participants would need to work with sheep and goats. Topics for the conference include budgets for small ruminants, herd health management, internal parasite control, goat nutrition including pasture and forage management, and fitting and showing.
This conference also will include an information-exchange panel of sheep and goat producers who will answer questions from the audience concerning profits tips.
Other speakers include Steve Hart, professor at Langston University in Oklahoma, who will talk about internal parasites and feeding for profit. Mark Kennedy, goat producer and retired Missouri Grasslands Specialist with Natural Resources Conservation Service, will talk about multi-species grazing and pasture management. Pennington will talk about budgets for sheep and goats.
A group of youth leaders will talk about showmanship and fitting of sheep and goats in the afternoon with demonstrations of showmanship for animals.
Fecal egg workshop
In addition, University of Missouri and Lincoln University Extension are hosting a “Fecal Egg Count Workshop from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 pm, March 21 in HS2 (basement) of Smith Hall (Newton County Extension Center) on the campus of Crowder College, Neosho, at the corner of Hwy D and Doniphan Ave.
Worms are the primary internal parasite of small ruminants and remain one of the biggest problems of meat and dairy goats.
“Worms can also be a problem in sheep but not to the same extent as goats,” said John Hobbs, county program director in McDonald County. “In order to control worms, you must set up a deworming and sanitation program and stick to it.”
Worms not only kill both young and old goats, they contribute to poor growth rates, an unthrifty appearance, coughing, diarrhea, and, in severe cases, bottle jaw.
For those who pre-register before March 18, the cost is $10 person for lunch and educational materials. Simply mail your registration information to the Newton County Extension Center, 601 Laclede, Smith Hall (Crowder College), Neosho, MO 64850.
Registration is $15 at the door the day of the event.
Contact the Newton County Extension Center at 417-455-9500 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register or for more information.