Thursday, April 12, 2012

Goat and Sheep Camp - April 21st

Saturday, April 21, 2012 at George Washington Carver Farm, 3804 Bald Hill Road, Jefferson City, MO 65102.  Cost is $15.
Missouri Youth Goat and Sheep Camp will prove to be an exciting educational event for those 4-H and FFA members who are interested in small ruminant animal production. Lincoln University Cooperative Extension (LUCE), University of Missouri Extension/4-H and Missouri State University Agriculture Department are proud facilitators of this event.  Experts in the field of nutrition, selection, animal health and carcass composition, as well as producers with years of experience in the goat industry, will guide participants through the basics and finer points of choosing and feeding commercial, registered or show herds.

Youth and their adult leaders will work in small groups to ensure individualized attention.  The day will be broken up between adult and youth workshops.  Each adult and youth will have the opportunity to attend four workshops in the morning and gain hands-on experience in the afternoon.

The youth tracks have been developed as a result of requests on evaluations from previous years’ camps. Older 4-H youth or FFA members may choose to attend the adult sessions if the youth sessions are topics in which you already have a working knowledge


• To increase the knowledge of care and management of small ruminant animals.
• To increase the awareness and importance of the small ruminant industry.
• To develop proper showmanship skills.

Saturday, April 21, 2012
Registration 7:30 a.m.
Orientation 8:15 a.m.
Workshops begin 8:30 a.m.

Adult Workshops - Morning sessions will be 45 minutes each
8:30-9:15 a.m. - Marketing: Know Your Target Market Needs/Wants.
9:15 – 10:00 a.m. - Foot Care and Health: What is foot rot? Prevention, care and management.
10:00 –10:15 a.m. - BREAK
10:15 – 11:00 a.m. - Parasites: Discuss deworming, how to prevent resistance and non-chemical parasite management.
11:00 –12:00 a.m. - Working facilities/sustainable goat management/raising sheep, goats and cattle together.

Youth Workshops
8:30 – 9:15 a.m. - 4-H Business Start-up: Entrepreneurship/project ideas and record keeping.
9:15 – 10:00 a.m. - Ethics For Youth In And Outside The Show Ring.
10:00 –10:15 am - BREAK
10:15 – 11:00 a.m. - Feeding Your Goat/Lamb: Proper nutrition for the show animal. Learn which plants can harm your lamb or kid.
11:00 – 12:00 a.m. - Understanding Small Ruminant Behavior: Tips for effective handling and safety.

Lunch (Provided) 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

Afternoon:  Hands-on Workshops 1p.m.- 4p.m.

Adult Workshops
1:00 – 2:30 p.m. - How To Do Fecal Egg Counts and FAMACHA® Certification

Youth Workshops - 30 minutes each, rotating blocks
1:00 p.m. - Selecting a show animal: what to look for.
1:30 p.m. - Check the health of your animal: Body Condition Scoring, FAMACHA®, hoof trimming.
2:00 p.m. - Proper vaccination and deworming techniques.

General Session - Adults and Youth
2:30 – 4:30 p.m. - End the day by giving attendees an opportunity to practice showing – LU Ag Club
4:30 p.m. - Turn in Evaluations.

Fitting for Show (goats and lambs): cover clipping, lead training, foot trimming and end with showing.

Upon completion of the workshop the youth will have earned their Show Me Quality Assurance (SMQA) certification.

For more information contact Vonna Kesel at (573) 681-5312 or

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