Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Tuskegee University Annual Goat Day April 27

The Tuskegee (Alabama) University Annual Goat Day will be held on Saturday, April 27, 8:30am - 4:00 pm. The theme of this year’s Goat Day is “The Use of Drones for Grazing Management and Forage Growth.”
The featured speakers include Ronald Smith from Tuskegee University, Andres Cibils from New Mexico State University, Jerry Dan Swafford from Virginia Cooperative Extension Service-Virginia Tech and Bill Blackwelder from the Delta Southern UAS from Clarksdale, Miss. 
The speakers will highlight the benefits of using drones/unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV)/unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in modern day animal agriculture, with an emphasis on their use to benefit small and limited resource producers. 
These speakers have many years of working with drones and UAV/UAS subjects and will share their expertise with the TU Goat Day participants. Further, Dr. Nar Gurung, Director of the TU Caprine Research and Education Unit, will provide an update on the status of goat research and extension/outreach activities at the unit. 
Brady Ragland, director of the Alabama Meat Goat & Sheep Producers (the Meat Goat & Sheep Division of Alabama Farmers Federation), will moderate the roundtable discussion that will feature sustainable goat production practices, challenges and opportunities in meat goat production. 
The afternoon will be filled with numerous field day activities, providing attendees with hands-on experience related to topics discussed in the morning sessions as well as exposure to a plethora of products unique to the goat industry. 
Registration materials may be obtained at http://www.tuskegee.edu/goatday. For more information contact Dr. Nar Gurung at 334-727-8457 or 334-421-8620 or e-mail at ngurung@tuskegee.edu. Exhibitors/Vendors please contact Nikisha Ryan at 205-212-8463 or nryan5624@tuskegee.edu

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