8th Annual Small Ruminant Conference

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Alabama Extension’s Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Program at Alabama A&M University (AAMU) and the Department of Agricultural Sciences at Tennessee State University (TSU) will present “Goat Production: the Basics” as the focus topic of the 8th Annual Small Ruminant Conference.

The conference will be held at Lakepoint Resort State Park in Eufaula, Alabama.

Dr. Maria Leite-Browning, an Extension animal science and forages specialist said, “This program has been held nearly every year over the last decade in Alabama or Tennessee to assist prospective, new and experienced producers alike. Various topics concerning nutrition, health, genetics, economics and other aspects of small ruminant management are covered during these conferences. At this year’s conference, data will be presented from collaborative ongoing integrated research and Extension activities at TSU and AAMU aimed at helping landowners to enter or enhance sustainable meat goat production.”

Topics discussed will include internal parasite management, the impact of weaning lambs on productivity, meat goat breeds and genetics, grading systems for market and breeding stock, physiology of adapted hair sheep in the tropics, sustainable silvopasture management and a Q&A session with presenters.

Global meat goat and hair sheep production can bring diverse opportunities to increase revenue for limited-resource landowners in the Southeast.

The deadline to register for the 8th Annual Small Ruminant Conference is Wednesday, June 30. There is no cost to attend, however pre-registration is required. To pre-register contact Maria Leite-Browning at [email protected] or 256-372-4954.

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