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Goat and Sheep Workshop to Be Held

UH Molokai Extension Office News Release

The 2012 Hawaii Goat and Sheep Association Workshop will be held on Nov. 9 and 10 at Kahua Ranch on Hawaii Island.  This year, the workshop will focus on Grazing Management for Healthy and Productive Pastures (with Charley Orchard of LandEKG), and Animal and Herd Health Management (with Dr. Liz Hamilton of Veterinary Associates).

Molokai goat and sheep producers are encouraged to attend if possible. The number of meat and dairy goats on the island is steadily increasing.  Production, coupled with the drought the last couple years, makes it very important to learn about parasite prevention and control.  The shorter the grass and browse, the more opportunity for picking up parasites.  A session on forage species selection should help producers on Molokai identify forages that will grow here are drought tolerant, and learning the importance of stocking rates and carrying capacity will allow producers to plan ahead, realizing their limitation during the different seasons may be the amount of forage available.

Additional topics on Friday include understanding the building blocks of land/pasture systems, forage characteristics that affect animal performance, grazing impacts and effects, monitoring-count what counts, determining stocking rates and carrying capacities, and forage selection by species.  Saturday will be just as educational with topics to include basic herd health practices, vaccination schedules, parasite prevention and treatment, lambing/kidding problems, identify common herd health issues and how to treat them, when to call your vet!, and recordkeeping-why it’s important and some tools for making it easy!

Pre-registration is only $65 until Oct. 12.  Late registrations are $75.  To register and for more information, go to hawaiisheepandgoat.com or call 808-775-0401.

Goat and Sheep Workshop to Be Held UH Molokai Extension Office News ReleaseThe 2012 Hawaii Goat and Sheep Association Workshop will be held on Nov. 9 and 10 at Kahua Ranch on Hawaii Island.  This year, the workshop will focus on Grazing Management for Healthy and Productive Pastures (with Charley Orchard of LandEKG), and Animal and Herd Health Management (with Dr. Liz Hamilton of Veterinary Associates).  Molokai goat and sheep producers are encouraged to attend if possible. The number of meat and dairy goats on the island is steadily increasing.  Production, coupled with the drought the last couple years, makes it very important to learn about parasite prevention and control.  The shorter the grass and browse, the more opportunity for picking up parasites.  A session on forage species selection should help producers on Molokai identify forages that will grow here are drought tolerant, and learning the importance of stocking rates and carrying capacity will allow producers to plan ahead, realizing their limitation during the different seasons may be the amount of forage available. Additional topics on Friday include understanding the building blocks of land/pasture systems, forage characteristics that affect animal performance, grazing impacts and effects, monitoring-count what counts, determining stocking rates and carrying capacities, and forage selection by species.  Saturday will be just as educational with topics to include basic herd health practices, vaccination schedules, parasite prevention and treatment, lambing/kidding problems, identify common herd health issues and how to treat them, when to call your vet!, and recordkeeping-why it’s important and some tools for making it easy!Pre-registration is only $65 until Oct. 12.  Late registrations are $75.  To register and for more information, go to hawaiisheepandgoat.com or call 808-775-0401.

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