Steven L. Hotard, Coolman, Denise | 6/17/2005 11:22:06 PM
CALHOUN – The LSU AgCenter will host the 2005 Goat Extravaganza June 25 at the AgCenter’s Calhoun Research Station.
The program, which is being conducted in conjunction with Mid-South Goat Masters, begins with registration at 8 a.m. There is no registration fee, but participants are asked to complete registration by 9 a.m.
Topics for the day include marketing goats and forage selection and management. Producers also will talk about their experiences during a panel discussion, and activities will include hands-on demonstrations of goat management.
Terry Hankins, editor of Goat Rancher Magazine, will give a "Journalistic Overview of Past, Present and Future Trends of the U.S. Meat Goat Industry." Hankins, who is from Sarah, Miss., also is a goat breeder.
A sale featuring selected breeding and market animals for 4-H and FFA projects will follow lunch. The winners of a goat judging contest for youth, which will be held during the morning, also will be announced after lunch.
For information, call Steven Hotard at (318) 644-2662, Howard Gryder at (318) 348-7287 or Chad Curole at (318) 332-8080.
According to the Louisiana Summary of Agriculture and Natural Resources, produced by the LSU AgCenter, the goat industry contributed nearly $1.8 million to the state’s economy is 2005.
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture