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Sheep & Goats - Sheep & Goat Seminar to Feature Housing & Equipment

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We’re sorry, this workshop is cancelled.

Saturday, October 19, 2013
Kennebec Valley Community College, Carter Hall, 92 Western Avenue, Fairfield, Maine  04937

University of Maine Cooperative Extension will present a day-long Maine Sheep & Goat Housing and Equipment Seminar on October 19, 2013. The UMaine Extension seminar is offered in cooperation with the Maine Sheep Breeders Association, the Boer Goat Breeders of Maine and regional dairy goat associations of Maine.

The seminar, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Kennebec Valley Community College in Fairfield, Maine, will be led by Professor John Porter from the University of New Hampshire. In addition, a panel of farmers will present what works for them and their livestock.

“Housing is an important consideration for sheep or goat producers,” says UMaine Extension Poultry and Small Ruminant Specialist Richard Brzozowski. “Livestock facilities should be well designed for animal comfort, easy cleaning and efficient management. Multiuse of housing should also be considered. Producers who participate in this one-day seminar will learn how to design or adapt their facilities with profitability in mind.”

The $35 per-person fee includes a reference notebook, refreshments, and a hot lunch featuring Maine lamb. Each participating farm will receive a resource notebook including the Midwest Plan Service publication Sheep Housing and Equipment Handbook and other educational materials.

For more information, please call Justine Denny at 207.781.6099 or 1.800.287.1471 (in Maine).

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call Justine Denny at 207.781.6099 or 1.800.287.1471 (in Maine) to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 10 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however all requests will be considered.

This program was made possible in part by donations from:

Brand names and trade names are included to show sponsorship or for educational purposes. No endorsement is implied nor is discrimination intended against similar products or services.


8:15-8:45 a.m.: Registrant check-in and book pick-up; Refreshments

9:00 a.m.: “Facilities for Small Scale Farms” with John Porter

10:30 a.m.: “Handling Systems for Sheep & Goats” with John Porter

12:00 p.m.: Hot lunch featuring Maine lamb

1:00 p.m.: “Handling Solid & Liquid Wastes from Sheep & Goat Operations” — Working with the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS)

2:30 p.m.: Break — Stretch & Refreshments

2:45 p.m.: Farmer Panel with slide presentations; facilitated by Richard Brzozowski, UMaine Extension Poultry & Small Ruminant Specialist

4:30 p.m.: Evaluation with Richard Brzozowski

4:45 p.m.: Adjourn

6:00-8:00 p.m.: The Maine Sheep Breeders Association (MSBA) will hold its 2013 Annual Meeting & Supper from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the same location following the seminar. The supper is free to all seminar participants who wish to attend the MSBA Meeting.

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