DECORAH, Iowa -- Goat numbers have increased dramatically throughout Iowa the last couple of years. Many producers are quite new to these enterprises and are looking for information to help them do a better job caring for their goats and making these enterprises financially successful.
Iowa State University Extension and the Goat Farmers of Northeast Iowa are sponsoring the “All New Iowa Goat Conference” on June 20 at the Lansing Building on the Winneshiek County Fairgrounds in Decorah.
The conference will feature Dr. Paul Plummer, DVM, from the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Plummer has considerable personal experience with the goat industry. His presentation will cover infectious diseases in goats. Dr. Jim Warren will speak on nutrition of the meat and dairy goat, and Terry Hooper, Dairy Lab Services, will speak on culturing milk samples, meters, scales, sampling protocol and how to interpret production information. The final speaker is Eric Finch, president of the Iowa Meat Goat Association. His topic will be breeds, genetics and marketing.
The conference begins at 8:30 a.m. when exhibit booths will be open and concludes at 3:30 p.m. There will be door prizes and lunch available on the grounds.
For more information contact your local ISU Extension county office or Dale Thoreson, ISU Extension dairy/beef and forage specialist, at (319) 267-2707, or Sue Larson at (563) 380-0748.