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Goat business basics workshop offered by Cooperative Extension

Posted 10/17/2016

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University of Nevada Cooperative Extension offers a workshop on “Small Scale Goat Production,” Nov. 4.

Class discusses goat business opportunities, including noxious weeds, milk and cheese

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s Herds and Harvest Program is offering a “Small Scale Goat Production” workshop 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Nov. 4.

“Recently, Nevada residents have become more interested in goats,” said Extension Educator Steve Lewis, who helped coordinate the class. “Those interested want to make the most of the goats, including as pets, for hair, for weed management, for milk, for meat or for other reasons. This workshop will help people learn all about the different uses of goats.”

Topics include:

  • Nutrition, taught by Sheep and Goat Specialist Susan Schoenian, with University of Maryland Cooperative Extension
  • Facilities, taught by Schoenian
  • Meat goats and kid marketing, taught by Meat Science and Food Safety Specialist Amilton De Mello, with University of Nevada, Reno’s College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources and Cooperative Extension; and Extension Educator Randy Saner, with University of Nebraska, Lincoln
  • Fiber goats and hair marketing, taught by Anne Bartley, with the Amargosa Bar Ranch
  • Milk goats, and milk and cheese marketing, taught by Suzy Bennett, with Laughlin’ Stock Farm
  • Pack goats, taught by Charlie Goggin, with Critter Farm
  • Work goats for weed abatement, taught by Weed Warrior Gloria Montero
  • Economics and income/expense analyses, taught by Extension Educator Carol Bishop, with University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
  • Goat associations and reference materials, taught by Nevada Goat Producers Association President Carl Clinger

To register, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/small-scale-goat-production-program-tickets-27709616208. The workshop will be held at the Washoe County Cooperative Extension office, 4955 Energy Way in Reno. The cost is $20 and covers course materials, refreshments and lunch. Upon request, the workshop may be offered via interactive video to Cooperative Extension offices across the state.

For more information, to register, or to request interactive video at your local Cooperative Extension office, contact Catrinna Berginnis, berginnisc@unce.unr.edu or 775-945-3444, ext. 12. Persons in need of special accommodations or assistance should call 775-945-3444, ext. 10 at least three days prior to the event.

The workshop is one of many workshops offered as part of Cooperative Extension’s Herds and Harvest Program, managed by Extension Educator Staci Emm, that helps farmers and ranchers across the state develop agricultural entrepreneurship, implement sustainable agricultural marketing strategies and improve profitability. The program is in collaboration with the University’s College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources; and is supported by the USDA’s Risk Management Agency and the USDA’s Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. For more information on the Herds and Harvest Program, visit their homepage.

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