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April 16, 2014
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K-State’s Sheep and Goat Conference Planned May 2-4


Everything from taste testing products to using guard dogs to animal health will be covered. 

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State University will host its Sheep and Goat Conference May 2-4 in Weber Hall on the Manhattan campus.

The conference begins on Friday, May 2 with registration at 11 a.m. and the program starting at 1 p.m.

"Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from and interact with leaders in every sector of the sheep and goat industries on topics from selecting breeding animals to marketing lamb and chevon products and all points in between,” said Brian Faris, sheep and goat specialist with K-State Research and Extension. “We had over 80 individuals attend our first conference of this type two years ago.  The sheep and goat industries are both experiencing excellent market values and demand for lamb and chevon is very strong.”

The program is designed to benefit every producer regardless of their operation's size, Faris said.

“We invite anyone thinking about starting in the sheep or goat industries to attend this conference. The opportunity to interact with our featured speakers and other producers is priceless," he said.

Veterinarians, university specialists, and producers will give presentations on an array of topics throughout the conference, with the first day featuring market and breeding animal evaluation, a tour of K-State’s Sheep and Meat Goat Center and dinner.

The second day includes presentations on such topics as protecting livestock with guard dogs; lamb and goat feedlots; maximizing forage availability; supplementing bred and lactating does and ewes; preventative care and more.

Day three includes a presentation on marketing value-added lamb and chevon products and carcass evaluation (by specie).

Attendees may register in advance or at the conference. More information, including a full agenda and registration information is available at Sheep and Goats in Kansas and click on educational programs or by calling Lois Schreiner at 785-532-1267. 

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K-State Research and Extension is a short name for the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, a program designed to generate and distribute useful knowledge for the well-being of Kansans. Supported by county, state, federal and private funds, the program has county Extension offices, experiment fields, area Extension offices and regional research centers statewide. Its headquarters is on the K-State campus, Manhattan.

Story by: Mary Lou Peter
mlpeter@ksu.edu
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Dr. Brian Faris is at 785-532-1255