Monday, October 29, 2018

Pasture walk Nov. 2 at Batdorf Dairy near Niangua, Mo.

MOUNTAIN GROVE, Mo. - University of Missouri Extension will host a pasture walk starting at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 2 at the Andrew Batdorf family farm, 2216 State Hwy M, Niangua.
"The 2018 growing season will soon be over, but we have one more pasture walk scheduled for this fall," said Ted Probert, dairy specialist with University of Missouri Extension.
The Batdorfs have been busy this fall making new seedings designed to fill immediate as well as future grazing needs.

"We will have the opportunity to inspect winter annual pastures consisting of a variety of different forage species. We'll be able to compare plantings made with tillage and through no-till," said Probert.
Andrew Batdorf is experimenting with no tilling wheat into established fescue to thicken and enhance the quality of these pastures.

"We will be able to see how this is working," said Probert.

A new alfalfa/orchardgrass stand will also be available for viewing. A final project that will be of interest to the group is the silvopasture currently under development.

In addition to viewing pastures, there will be time for questions or discussion about organic or grass only production.

For more information, contact either of these MU Extension dairy specialists in southwest Missouri: Ted Probert in Wright County either at (417) 547-7500 or by email at, or Reagan Bluel in Barry County at (417) 847-3161 or by email at

Monday, October 15, 2018

Neb. sheep & goat producers meet Oct. 27

The 2018 Nebraska Sheep and Goat Producers Annual Conference will be held Saturday, October 27, at the UNL Animal Science Building, 3865 Fair St, Lincoln, Neb.  68583-0908. The conference is open to members and nonmembers. Please see registration application at the bottom of this article.


9:30 am Registration — Animal Science Building

10:00 am Welcome, Dr. Clint Krehbiel, Department Head of Animal Science

10:15 am Tour the New Vet Diagnostic Lab, Clayton Kelling, Director School of Veterinary Medicine. The UNL Vet Diagnostic Lab is a state of the art facility that was opened in 2017 to serve Nebraska livestock owners and veterinarians it is also providing learning experiences for students studying veterinary medicine.

11:30 am Return to Animal Science

11:45 Research Update: Stress Biology research with sheep, Dr. Dustin Yates. Dr. Dustin Yates joined the University in 2015. The focus of his research is on how maternal and environmental stress affects the efficiency of grow and carcass quality in livestock and how these aspects are related to metabolic disorders in humans. 

12:00 Lunch –  With Speakers  Dr. Clint Krehbiel Animal Science

1:15 pm Research Update: Sheep Genetics National Sheep Improvement Program, Dr. Ron Lewis. Dr. Ron Lewis is a professor of Animal Science and joined UNL in 2014 with a focus on Animal Breeding and Genomics.  Dr. Lewis serves as technical advisor to the National Sheep Improvement Program is currently the vice-Chairman of the genetic stakeholders Committee for ASI.  He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Animal Breeding and Genetics.

1:45 pm Making the most out of a cool season pasture, Dr. John Guretzky. Dr. John Guretzky is an Associate Professor of Agronomy.  His research focuses on the biodiversity in grasslands as well as the integration of forages in crop and livestock systems.

2:15 pm Live Animal Evaluation Goat & Sheep, Brad Anderson
Brad Anderson serves as livestock supply manager for Mountain States Rosen Lamb.  He is active in procurement and customer and producer relations.  He also represents the American Lamb Board and various events in the midwest.

3:30 pm Carcass Evaluation and value, Dr. Dennis Burson and Brad Anderson. Lamb and goat carcass fabrication demonstration, Dr. Dennis Burson. Dr. Dennis Burson is professor Meat Extension and Food Safety Specialist for the University of Nebraska a position he has held for 34 years.  He teaches courses in meat evaluation and grading as well as HACCP and Food Safety. He works with meat processors across the state through his extension programs.

4:45 pm American Lamb Board update, Brad Anderson, Mountain States Lamb. 

5:00 pm Annual Meeting

6:00 pm Dinner

For more information contact Randy Saner, Extension Educator, Lincoln-Logan-McPherson Counties, 348 W State Farm Road, North Platte, Neb. 69101. http://llm.unl.eduOffice 308-532-2683.  E-mail:

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Goat workshop Oct. 18 in Frankfort, Ky.

Sustainable Agriculture Workshop
October 18, 2018

Harold R. Benson Research & Demonstration Farm

1525 MillLane


Directions: FroI-64 Exit 53, take U127 Souttoward Lawrenceburg to th4thstoplight, turn left onto MillsLane, thKSFarm i1½ mileothright.


10:00 - 10:10 am
Welcome and Announcements 
Dr. Marion Simon, Kentucky State University
10:10 – 10:50 am
Goat Production Option
Confinement Management of Meat Goats
Frank Pinkerton
11:00 – 11:50 am
Feed-lotting Meat Goats
Frank Pinkerton
10:10 – 11:50 am
Guard Animal Option
Health Care and Concerns for Guard Animals
Dr. Jessie Lay, Kentucky State University
Ms. Emily Clement, Kentucky State University
12:00 – 1:00 pm
Kentucky State University Farm Crew
1:00 – 1:50 pm
Meat Goat Quality from a Packer Perspective
Donny Brewer, Brewer Livestock
2:00 – 2:50 pm
Research Update
Dr. Ken Andries, Kentucky State University
3:00 – 3:30 pm
Buck Kids Offered for Sale
From Kentucky State University
PLEASE NOTE: The next Third Thursday Thing Program will be November 15, 2018 and be will on AgrAbility and Nutrition and Fitness for the Active Farmer.
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