Monday, November 18, 2013

Goat, Sheep Experts Speak at Livestock Symposium, Dec. 6-7 in Kirksville

Experts on sheep and goats top the Saturday lineup at the Missouri Livestock Symposium, Dec. 6-7 at Kirksville Middle School. University of Missouri Extension coordinates the event.

The Saturday program offers workshops on making lambing easier, the future of the U.S. sheep industry, parasite resistance and research on grazing sheep on annual forages.

Saturday’s lineup also includes talks from some of the country’s leading meat goat experts. Charlotte Clifford-Rathert of Lincoln University in Jefferson City will present on marketing goats, vegetation management and “Look before you leap into goats.” There will be sessions on feeding goats and incorporating goats into a farm plan. There will be a question-and-answer period with all speakers.

The symposium also includes information on working stock dogs that may interest goat and sheep producers.

The two-day event features a large trade show, classic tractor contest and governor’s-style luncheon. All events are free, including meals.

Nationally known speakers on horses, beef cattle, stock dogs and other topics are part of the symposium. Garry Mathes, 660-341-6625, is chairman of the symposium planning committee.

For more information, contact MU Extension livestock specialist Zac Erwin and put “symposium” in the subject line. A complete list of events is available here.
(by Linda Geist, MU Writer)


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