AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host a pair of “Fine-Tuning Your Dairy Goat Management” meetings as a part of their annual Dairy Directions program on Saturday, Dec. 14. The meetings will be held at the ISU Extension and Outreach, Sioux County office in Orange City and the Keystone AEA in Elkader.
The programs will focus on managing forages, utilizing health strategies, improving milk quality, implementing business practices and dealing with the challenges of managing dairy goats. There will also be a producer panel at both events. All dairy goat producers are welcome.
“We have over 200 licensed dairies producing goat milk in Iowa, but most of those in northwest Iowa process their milk into soaps and lotions,” said Fred M. Hall, dairy specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach. “The high level of interest by producers in improving production and quality prompted this program.”
The meetings came about after the ISU Extension and Outreach dairy team completed a statewide survey of producers to determine what the dairies look like and what their interest in programing is.
“Hopefully this will be the first of regular programs for our dairy goat producers,”
said Jennifer Bentley, dairy specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach.
Both meetings will feature similar programs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., so dairy goat producers can simply select the location that works best for them. Registration will open at 9:30 a.m. before each meeting.
There is a $5 per person registration fee to attend the program, which includes lunch, materials and all presentations. Register online at https://form.jotform.com/4Hregion1/dairy-directions-2019-goats or via phone at 712-737-4230 (for Orange City) or 563-382-2949 (for Elkader). The deadline to register is Dec. 6.
Additional sponsors for the program include the Iowa Dairy Goat Association and Big Gain Feeds.