The Dakota Goat Association will hold their annual conference on Friday, Oct. 12 at the USDA-ARS Lab just south of Mandan, N.D., on Highway 6 beginning at 9:30 a.m.
The keynote presentation is “A Goat’s View of Nutrition” by Dr. Steve Hart, Langston University Goat Extension Specialist. He’s conducted research on forages for goats and nutrient requirements. Dr. Hart was recently awarded a grant to work with controlling red cedar with goat grazing.
Diseases will be explained by Minot veterinarian Carin Frenchick. She’ll also conduct a question and answer session on whatever topics participants wish to share.
Photographing your goats and livestock guardian dogs will also be discussed. Participants will chose between roundtable discussions for either dairy or meat goats. The roundtables focus on figuring profitability and increasing income.
New this year is a Youth Poster Contest. Anyone 18 years of age or younger may enter with a poster on any topic relating to goats.
A variety of goat food products will be available for sampling. Participants are encouraged to bring their special product to share with the group. Food and other products may also be found on the silent auction.
Early bird registrations must be postmarked by October 8th and receive a $20 discount. Walk-in registrations are welcome. Cost after October 8th is $50 for members and $65 for non-members. Both prices include lunch and 2019 dues for the organization. Only one person needs to register per household. Additional lunch tickets are $5 each. The program runs from 9:30 until 5:00 PM, with registration opening at 9:00 AM.
The meeting is open to the public and out-of-state goat owners are welcome.
More information is available on the group’s website at: www.dakotagoats.org.