NNY Sheep and Goat Week programs are scheduled for the first week of December.
The schedule is:
** 6:30 p.m. Dec. 1, CCE Jefferson County office, Watertown, $5 per farm, contact Ron Kuck, 315.788.8450, email@example.com
** 7 p.m. Dec. 2, CCE St. Lawrence County Extension Learning Farm, Canton, $5 per farm, contact Betsy Hodge, 315.379.9192, firstname.lastname@example.org
** 6 p.m. Dec. 3, youth meeting (info on breeds and general animal care), 7 p.m. adult meeting, CCE Clinton County office, Plattsburgh, free, contact Sara Bull, 518.561.7450, email@example.com.
Dr. tatiana Stanton of the Cornell University Sheep and Goat Program
will present a detailed update on parasite control research funded in
part by the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program.
trials were conducted at the CCE St. Lawrence County Extension Learning
Farm in Canton and at Asgaard Farm and Goat Dairy in AuSable Forks, Clinton County.
"Producers at these December programs will learn how the use of
birdsfoot trefoil as a pasture based means of parasite control worked in
real-life situations under our regional conditions," says Cornell
Cooperative Extension Northern New York Regional Livestock Specialist Betsy Hodge.
Funding from the farmer-driven Northern New York Agricultural
Development Program supported the first-ever research trial of birdsfoot
trefoil as a natural parasite control practice for sheep and goat
farmers in the NNY region.
The NNY trials are part of a four-year
project being conducted by Cornell University, Cornell University
Cooperative Extension, the University of Rhode Island, Virginia Tech,
West Virginia University, and the University of Wisconsin.
At the Dec. 1,
2 and 3 programs, Hodge will also present information on winter
feeding basics, including when and what feed products to use to
supplement sheep and goat diets through the cold weather season. She
will cover how to evaluate the content and quality of hay and forage and
related feeding program adjustment options.