Meat and dairy goat workshop this weekend

BROOKINGS – SDSU Extension and partners will host South Dakota’s first Meat and Dairy Goat Workshop on July 14 in the Alfred Dairy Science Building (1224 Medary Ave.) on the campus of South Dakota State University, Brookings.

The conference, which is co-hosted by SDSU Extension, Value-Added Agriculture Development Center and South Dakota Specialty Producers Association, will begin at 8 a.m. with registration. Workshops begin at 9 a.m. and will run until 3 p.m. Lunch will be served.

“The workshop brings together producers, academic experts and industry resources to help build a sustainable goat industry in the state,” said Maristela Rovai, assistant professor and SDSU Extension dairy specialist.

The event offers producers the opportunity to do the following:

• Build their knowledge through science-based educational information;

•  Interact with other participants; and

•  Create connections with useful organizations and educators available to assist with all aspects of the goat industry.

The clinic is designed to provide practical information South Dakotans can incorporate into their operations.

“Whether you are contemplating goats, a new-to-goats producer, an established goat grower, a seedstock goat producer or a 4-H member, this workshop is designed for you,” Rovai said.

The workshop will focus on both meat and dairy goat production, small ruminant health, nutrition and marketing topics though presentations and hands-on training.

The registration deadline is July 14 as participants can register at the door. To pre-register for this event, visit the SD Speciality Producers Association website. To help cover expenses, the registration fee is $31.20. This fee includes the workshop and lunch featuring locally grown foods. Register by July 11 to ensure access to conference materials and the meal.

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