Goat producers will gather at the Cherokee County fairgrounds in Columbus, Kan., for the Heartland Goat Expo on Oct. 14 to 15. The two-day event will feature educational seminars including a FAMACHA certification course for parasite management, information on feeds and forages, goat health issues, selecting the right meat goats, improving reproductive efficiency, marketing and economics, and tips for cooking with goat meat.
Speakers will include representatives from Oklahoma State University, The Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture, veterinary practitioners and experienced goat producers. In addition to the educational program, there will be a pen sale for goat producers who wish to sell or showcase their breeding animals and a trade show for commercial interests to introduce their products. The sale and trade show will run concurrently with the seminars at the fairgrounds.
The event is sponsored by the National Kiko Registry but is open to all who are interested, regardless of breed or association affiliation. The NKR will provide a free goat meat lunch to all attendees at noon on Saturday. There is no cost to attend or participate. There is a modest fee if you plan to bring animals for the pen sale; space for the sale is limited. For more information concerning the conference, contact Dr. Dave Sparks at 918-686-7800 or visit www.heartlandgoats.com. For more information concerning the sale or the trade show, contact Randy Penn at 620-848-3758 or firstname.lastname@example.org.