Christa Hartsook, P&S, Value Added Agriculture Program
Iowa meat goat producers needed risk management education in marketing, processing and production issues.
The Value Added Agriculture Program surveyed Iowa meat goat producers to determine specific educational needs and topics to address in a one-day conference in April.
Twenty-four Iowa meat goat producers were surveyed during the winter of 2006-2007. All producers indicated educational needs in marketing, production, processing and business management skills. To that end, a one-day conference was planned for April 14, 2007 at the Scheman Building in Ames. Topics covered included on-farm processing and labeling, meat goat nutrition and veterinary health, meat goats as a grazing business tool and marketing meat goats in Iowa to restaurants and other institutional markets and a producer panel including a direct marketer to ethnic consumers, a producer alliance group, and a seedstock producers.
More than 65 people attended the one-day workshop. Evaluations of the event were overwhelmingly positive. Out of 41 follow-up evaluations from the Iowa workshop, 29 individuals implemented changes in their meat goat feeding operations, 23 indicated changes in their grazing operations and 26 planned changes in how they are marketing meat goats.
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