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Goat Husbandry for the Backyard and the Small Producer

Published on Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Goat Husbandry for the Backyard and the Small Producer

Pine Meadow Farm Center

Event date: 4/27/2013 11:00 AM - 4:00 AM Export event

There are 1.4 billion goats being raised as livestock worldwide. That's just about equal to the number of cattle raised for livestock in the world. The big difference is that, while there is a growing trend towards ecologically responsible, grass-based cattle raising, many of the world's cattle are being raised in massive, factory farming style Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO's), or are being grazed on land that was recently cleared of forests (contributing to climate change). The vast majority of goats in the world are kept by families and small-scale producers. Why is this? It's because goats are less expensive and easier to keep than cattle. They have fewer health problems, eat less in proportion to body weight and, best of all, they're cool.

Come and receive an introduction about how to raise goats for milk, meat, fiber, weed control or simply companionship. Or, if you already have goats, come and share what you know and possibly learn new tricks. Whether you have just a small backyard or larger acreage, you could move a step closer to self-sufficiency by joining the world-wide goat rearing crowd.

This workshop will be given by Pine Meadow Farm Center goatherd Chrys Ostrander who has kept a small, personal flock of dairy goats for over ten years. We'll cover feed, housing and health maintenance. We'll do some hands on milking, hoof trimming and bloodless wethering (castrating males). Plus, you'll be able to spend the afternoon with Chrys' friendly goats. Children welcome too!

Cost: $20 per person (children 15 and under, accompanied by an adult, are $5). No one is turned away for lack of funds. We take cash, checks made out to Pine Meadow Farm Center, VISA, MasterCard, American Express and Discover.

 

Join us for a potluck lunch at noon if you want. Bring food to share and table settings for you and/or your group.

April 27th, 2013 1:00 PM   to   4:00 PM
10425 S. Andrus Rd.
Pine Meadow Farm Center
Cheney, WA 99004
United States

Phone: 509-448-3066
Email: zone1@pinemeadowfarm.org
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