Friday, March 4, 2011

Three big events -- mark your calendars!

The University of Maryland's Small Ruminant Extension Program will be holding three BIG events for sheep and goat producers in 2011. All events will be held in the fall months.

Goat Field Day & Sale
The 4th Annual Western Maryland Goat Field Day & Sale will be held Saturday, September 24 (a week earlier than usual) at the Washington County Ag Education Center near Boonsboro, MD.

Dr. Ken Turner from the ARS Appalachian Farming Systems Research Center in Beckley, WV, will be the speaker for the field day. Dr. Turner's research emphasis is on low-input, forage-based livestock production.

The top-performing bucks from the 2011 Western Maryland Pasture-Based Meat Goat Performance Test will be offered for sale via silent auction. Does will be available for sale via private treaty.

The event will also feature a Junior Goat Skillathon for youth ages 8 to 18.

Small Ruminant Dairy Conference
A Small Ruminant Dairy Conference has been scheduled for Saturday, October 8 at the Carroll County Ag Center in Westminster, MD.

The conference will have concurrent sessions to serve multiple interests: persons wanting to establish commercial goat or sheep dairies, as well as hobbyists or 4-Hers milking a few goats or sheep in the backyard.

Lambing and Kidding School
The 4th Biennial Lambing and Kidding School will be held Saturday, November 19, at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, MD.  Dr. Susan Kerr from Washington State University will be the featured speaker.  Dr. Kerr is both a 4-H educator and a veterinarian.

This year's Lambing and Kidding school will feature a separate educational tract for youth. Youth sessions will be more hands-on than the adult sessions.

All of these events are still in the planning stages, so if you have ideas for speakers and topics, please convey them to Susan Schoenian at or (301) 432-2767 x343. 

Registration information will be included in future blog entries, as well as in the Wild & Woolly newsletter, and on the Maryland Small Ruminant web page.

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