Mark your calendars for Nov. 2-3 for the 2012 Nebraska Sheep and Goat Conference sponsored by the Nebraska Sheep and Goat Producers Association and the Nebraska Dairy Goat Association!
Meet at the Heritage Inn in Wahoo, Neb., on Friday, Nov. 2, for an afternoon of tours at a meat goat operation converted from a dairy farm, and then to an on-farm museum of antique tractors, tools, and other farm equipment. Later, enjoy supper as a group back at the Heritage Inn.
On Saturday, Nov. 3, the conference begins with registration at 8 a.m., followed by the Annual Meeting of the Nebraska Sheep and Goat Producers Association and the Nebraska “Make It With Wool” Style Show before the lineup of speakers begins at 10:15 a.m.:
· Michelle Wendell of Brewster will talk about controlled grazing with goats.
· Mike Caskey will come from Pipestone, Minn., where he leads a producer education program that reaches around the world, to give a sheep and goat industry overview as well as do a health and nutrition presentation.
· John Holman, an internationally renowned stock dog trainer, will give a demonstration of his herding dogs in action.
· Randy Saner with the UNL Extension in North Platte will provide training in monitoring herds for internal parasites.
· A representative of the Nebraska Cattlemen will speak about the new “We Support Ag” initiative to protect producers from extreme animal rights activism.
Other highlights include a .22 mag Henry rifle auction, silent auction, potluck lunch, cooking contest, and networking opportunities.
Cost is $25 per member or $35 per member family, and dues can be paid at the door; or $35 per person or $45 per family, while 4-H and FFA members can attend for $10 per person if attending alone.
No pre-registration needed. For more information, call Deb Dauel at 402-642-5887.