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A Gathering of Goat Producers IV
July 18-20, 2005, Seguin, Texas
Contacts
Glenn Avriett - 1-830-620-3440
Mike McDougall - 1-830-232-6673

Friday, July 1st, is the pre-registration deadline for this event. The pre-registration cost is $75.00 for the first family member and $50.00 for each additional family member. (No charge for family members under 8 years old.)

Registration is limited to the first 300 participants.

For information about booth space in the Gathering of Goat Producers IV Trade Show, contact: Glenn Aviett at: (830) 620-3440, County Extension Agent, Comal County

Schedule
MONDAY, July 18

  8:00 a.m.        Trade Show Exhibitors Move-in (Guadalupe County Coliseum)

12:00 noon      REGISTRATION OPENS, Trade Show Open

  2:00 p.m.        WELCOME (Main Room - Coliseum)
                        PESTICIDE APPLICATOR INSTRUCTIONS

  2:30 p.m.        STATE OF THE MEAT GOAT INDUSTRY ADDRESS
(The meat goat industry-Where has it come from, where is it now, and where might it be headed?)

  4:15 p.m.        GOATS FOR HIRE
(Goat owners in other states have "goats for  hire" as weed and brush control specialists.  This presenter will share their experiences and the possibilities as goats move closer to the urban environment.)

  6:30 p.m.        CAPRINE CUISINE
(Chances are, you've never had an oppertunity like this - goat meat prepared several different ways, all of which will make you run back and hug yourself"  Copmplete with all the fixings, you'll enjoy the food and fellowship) - Guadalupe County Fairgrounds - adjacent to Coliseum.

8:00 p.m.        DISMISS FOR THE EVENING

TUESDAY, July 19th

7:30 a.m.       Coffee & Donuts - Trade Show Opens - (Coliseum)

8:00 a.m.       GOATS AND TEXAS AGRICULTURE
(Where do goats fit in the big picture of Texas agriculture?)

          MANAGEMENT

8:30 a.m.      HEALTH MANAGEMENT
(Texas is blessed with several excellent "goat" veterinarians.  We've brought one of the best to visit with you and answer your questions.)

10:15 a.m.      IMPROVED FORAGES FOR GOATS
(Forages - the possibilities are numerous but some are better suited for goats than others.  This agronomist has had plenty of experience with goats and forages and will share his expertise.)

11:15 a.m.      IRRIGATION TECHNOLOGY FOR SMALL ACREAGES
(In the arid areas where goats do well, intensive forage productions often requires supplemental irrigation.  This industry expert will discuss irrigation equipment suitable for small acreages and the water required by each system.)

12 noon         FAJITA (beef & chicken) LUNCH - (Fairgrounds Pavillion)

1:00 p.m.      CONCURRENT SESSIONS SELECTION:
                          A.  Commercial - For those interested in the commercial production of goats for meat.  The secrets to success center around cost of production and reproductive performance.  These successful commercial producers will tell you how they manage both.

                          B.  Show -
          1.  Fullbloods.  Raising and showing fullblood Boer goats is a whole differenct industry unto itself.  We've brought together some of the industry's most successful breeders to tell you how they do it.

          2.  Jr.  Market Show Wethers -  Competition is tough and the quality runs way deep in today's Junior Market Wether shows.  Breeding and raising the competitive kind is tough.  In this segment, you'll hear how these will-known breeders and dominating the show wether game.

                    A. COMMERCIAL                                         B. SHOW GOATS

2:30 p.m.       Supplementation                                      Internal Parasite Management

3:30               Reproduction  Feeding                                         
4:30               Internal Parasite Management                  Artificial Insemination & Embryo Transfer

6:00               PORK STATE DINNER  - Fairgrounds

7:15               PREDATION - WHO DONE IT?
The Predator Management professional will help you understand how to interpret predator damage and suggest some possible control methods.

8:00 - 8:45     END THE DAY WITH YOUR CHOICE  (choose one to attend)

              Hoof Care
              Disbudding & Castration
              Newborn Kid Card
              Chat with the "Goats for Hire" Expert
              Hands on Fecal Egg Counts

WEDNESDAY, July 20th

                    MEAT MARKETING  (Coliseum)

7:30 a.m.           Donuts & Coffee

8:00                   PERSPECTIVE ON THE MARKET - Commission Company
(In Texas and many other parts of goat country, the commission company (auction market)  is the most prevalent marketing option, especially for commercial producers.  This market owner comes from a family of livestock marketers with generations of experience.  He'll have plenty of practical pointers about market trends, improving the marketability and value of your products.)

8:30                    PACKER/WHOLESALE
(In the absence of a confined feeding segment for the goat industry, the packer is often the purchaser of your animals.  What are they looking for and where are they going with the products you produce?)

9:00                    CONSUMER TRENDS
(Consumers live very busy lifestyles and are rapidly changing the ways in which they put food on the table.  Meal preparation time is shrinking and time around the table is becoming the "way it used to be".  How does goat fit into this rapidly changing picture?)

9:30                    RETAILER
(Do you see goat in the retail meat case of your local grocery store?  How frequently?  Wonder why?)

10:00                 QUESTIONS FOR THE SPEAKER

10:30                 GOAT MEAT - A Variety of Choices
(Rather than the usual live animal-carcass demonstration, this year we're taking a differenct route.  We'll look at several kinds of goats, from old and thin to young and fancy, and show you why they differ in value.)

12:00 Noon        EVALUATION OF GOAT GATHERING IV
                          CEU Certificates
                
                          ADJOURN


Educational programs of Texas Cooperative Extension are open to all people without regard to race, color, sex, disability, religion, age, or national origin.


 

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