Goat Study Course at Fort Valley

Fort Valley State University is to offer a hands-on clinic for agriculture teachers and some 25 teachers from Georgia will be at FVSU on Monday at the school's Georgia Small Ruminant Research and Extension Center. The FVSU professor of animal science and extension specialist stated this was the first clinic on goats for agriculture teachers. This is in keeping with the growing demand for goat meat. Georgia currently has around 100,000 head of meat goats and ties with Tennessee as the second largest goat-producing state in the USA behind Texas.

The participating teachers will visit a local farm to work with goats, view demonstrations including shelter and fencing. They will also tour the Small Ruminant Research and Extension Center, where goat meat is processed for the public and where dairy goats are milked with a computerized milking system. Another important topic is parasite control, one of the biggest goat raising problems. Contact Wayne Crenshaw, 478) 923-6199, ext. 235.

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