Thursday, September 8, 2011

Virginia Meat Goat Expo Sept. 16

Space is limited so sign up now

ETTRICK, Va. - Virginia State University's Agricultural Research Station, in collaboration with Cooperative Extension, will conduct a Meat Goat Expo from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, on the school's Randolph Farm which is located on River Road in Ettrick.

Designed for small-scale goat producers as well as anyone interested in learning about meat goat production, the expo will update participants on current and applied university research; explore direct and wholesale goat marketing opportunities; and recommend management practices for marketing healthy goats.

Guest presenters include Dr. Frank Pinkerton, renowned international goat industry expert, who will discuss supply, demand and channels associated with goat meat commodity marketing. Also, meat goat producer Renard Turner who owns and operates Vanguard Ranch Ltd. in Gordonsville, will share his personal experiences with marketing goat meat from Community Supported Agriculture to value-added markets.

Other presentations will cover small-scale strategic marketing strategies and meat goat disease identification. During the program, participants will have opportunities to interact with meat goat experts and observe field demonstrations.

A registration fee of $10 per participant includes workshop materials, breakfast, and lunch featuring local goat meat products.

Since space is limited to the first 300 registrants, anyone interested in attending is encouraged to register before the Sept. 2 registration deadline. To register, contact Mark Klingman at (804) 524-5960 or e-mail

Anyone needing special services or accommodations in order to participate should call in advance to discuss arrangements.

To inquire about specific program details, contact Dr. Adnan Yousuf, VSU small ruminant research assistant professor, at (804) 524-6795 or e-mail

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