Saturday, January 26, 2013

Workshop: sheep, goats, unwanted vegetation

Sheep and goats and unwanted vegetation is the focus of an all-day workshop scheduled for Saturday, February 16, 2013, at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, Maryland. The workshop begins at 9 a.m.; registration begins at 8:15 a.m.

Morning sessions will involve commentary detailing the market developments in the U.S. sheep and goat industry, success stories from sheep and goat farmers and the biology and/or botany of invasive plant species on Delmarva. Afternoon sessions will include information about poisonous plants for small ruminants in a targeted grazing scenario, a presentation on natural choices, and a session covering sheep and goat husbandry.

A registration fee of $25 is required for each individual, and a $40 fee is required for each couple. The fee will provide a continental breakfast, conference materials, lunch, and refreshments. If interested, online registration is available at Registrants also have the option of mailing in their registration or registering at the door. For more information, call (410)  651-6211 or (410) 651-7930.

Small ruminants are ideal for managing unwanted vegetation.
The workshop is an effort of the University of Maryland Extension's (UME) 1890 Program at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES), in collaboration with Nevin Dawson, Forest Stewardship Educator at the Wye Research and Education Center in Queenstown, Maryland.

Using sheep and goats as tools to manage unwanted vegetation in woodlands and recreational areas is more than a notion. UMES scientist and extension specialist Dr. Enrique Nelson Escobar is principal investigator of a three-year USDA/NIFA grant titled "Management of Unwanted Vegetation Using Small Ruminants (Sheep and Goats) in Tree Farms and Recreational Areas on Delmarva."


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