If you're a 4-Her, a 4-H leader or you're just interested in raising goats for meat, you can learn how to raise them successfully by attending the 2004 Arkansas 4-H Meat Goat Conference April 17 at the C.A. Vines Arkansas 4-H Center at Ferndale, west of Little Rock.

"The conference will provide participants with the basic information they need to raise goats for meat. This includes commercial meat goat production, parasite control, pasture management, buck selection, health problems, performance testing of goats, use of goats for brush control, showing dairy goats at county fairs, and care and feeding of goats," said Dr. Jodie Pennington, dairy specialist with the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service.

Speakers include Pennington, Carey Wall, and Billy Moore of the U of A Cooperative Extension Service; Mike Kearby of Sunset Ranch, Caddo, Texas; Dr. Steve Hart of the Kika De la Garza Institute for Goat Research, Langston University at Langston, Okla.

The meeting is from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The registration fee at the door is $14, or $10 if you pre-register. You may pre-register with your local county Extension office or send the registration to Dr. Pennington at the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension at P.O. Box 391, Little Rock, AR 72203.

Contact your county Extension agent for more information. The Cooperative Extension Service is a part of the U of A Division of Agriculture.

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