Saturday, January 3, 2015

Noted speakers at American Goat Federation annual conference Jan. 28

The American Goat Federation is hosting a day of presentations relating to goat and sheep research, disease control, performance programs and management, as part of the 2015, 150- year anniversary of the American Sheep Industry meeting in Reno, Nev. The American Goat Federation seminar will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 28, from 8AM – 5PM at the JA Nugget Resort and Casino in Sparks, Nev. Both sheep and goat producers are invited to attend and will find the topics interesting and relevant. 

The featured speaker is Dr. Don Knowles, Research Leader at the Animal Disease Research Unit of USDA/ARS in Pullman, Washington.  Don was inducted into the ARS hall of fame in 2012, and was recognized for his scientific leadership on multiple infectious animal diseases including Scrapie, Caprine Arthritis Encephalitis (CAE) virus and Ovine Progressive Pneumonia (OPP) virus. The impact his leadership has made on both the sheep and goat industries has made an important difference in the way we understand and manage a number of diseases of industry importance. Don will tell the story of past discoveries and the way in which collaborative research has been successful in contributing to our understanding and control of diseases that impact our industries.

To view biographies of all the speakers, click here.

AGF is offering this inaugural annual seminar at no charge for attendees. If you plan to attend, e-mail the AGF executive secretary at so we can arrange for the proper room size.

This seminar is made possible by funding from our membership fees. We ask that if you are not a member of the American Goat Federation, you consider joining.  For membership  information please visit the AGF website:  Those who wish to attend the American Sheep Industry Association 150 year celebration will find information at the ASI website: ASI registration forms must be postmarked by January 14, 2015. 

Annual Meeting Seminar Schedule January 28, 2015

8:00 – 8:40 AM    Dr. Reid Redden,  North Dakota State University
“How the US Meat Goat Industry Can Use Breeding Values to Make Genetic Improvement”

8:40 – 9:05 AM    Dr. Bret Taylor, United States Sheep Experiment Station
                  “No Needles, Please!, the use of Needle-free Injection Technologies”

9:05 – 9:50 AM    Dr. Joan Dean Rowe, UC Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine
                  “A Historical Perspective of Goat and Sheep Disease Discovery & Research” 

9:50 – 10:05 AM Break

10:05 – 10:30 AM  Dr. Bret Taylor, United States Sheep Experiment Station “The Life and Times of the US Sheep Experiment Station”

10:30 – 12:00 PM  Featured Speaker:  Dr. Don Knowles, Research Leader, USDA/ARS
                  “A Perspective of Goat and Sheep Research; Past, Present and Future” 

12:00 – 1:00 PM      Break for Lunch

1:00 – 1:50 PM    Dr. Diane Sutton - senior staff veterinarian with USDA/APHIS/Veterinary Services. She has been National Scrapie Program Coordinator since 1998. “Update on the Scrapie Eradication Program”

1:50 – 2:20 PM    Brian Payne - was instrumental in establishing the first goat registry in north America to use a DNA system to authenticate pedigrees when president of the Canadian Boer Goat Association.
“How the Canadian Scrapie Program Achieved Success”

2:20 – 3:10 PM    Dr. Katherine Marshall, Veterinary Epidemiologist at Centers for Epidemiology
& Animal Health
“Q Fever, What it is and Why We Should Be Concerned”

3:10 – 3:20 PM    Break

3:20 – 3:50 PM    Dr. Frank Pinkerton, is one of America’s best known writers and speakers on meat goat nutrition, marketing and management.
“On Farm Performance Testing”

3:50 – 4:20 PM    Jean Harrison, was Director of Engineering with a cutting edge digital engagement firm and is the developer of the Easy Keeper herd management software program.
“Advantages of Using Herd Management Software”

4:20 – 5:00 PM    An Peischel, is the Small Ruminant Extension Specialist for Tennessee State University and the University of Tennessee.
“Effectiveness of Outreach Programs in the Goat Industry” Via zoom”

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