The 4S Goat Expo in North Platte, Oct. 5-6, features nationally and internationally known speakers for the seminar portion of the expo.
Fred Homeyer, a retired college professor, will discuss his current research on increasing carcass yields in meat goat kids through sire selection. Homeyer also will review feeding and raising meat goats and conduct a youth judging contest.
He raised more than 20,000 goats on his Texas ranch and now has 400 registered South African Boer Goats. He's judged more than 120 shows in 31 states, three Canadian provinces and 15 other countries.
Frank Pinkerton, retired Extension goat specialist, will speak about the current US Meat Goat Situation Report. Known as "the Goat Man," He speaks across the nation about meat goats and writes a column for the Goat Rancher magazine.
Jeffery Gillespie, professor in the ag economics and agribusiness at Louisiana State University, will be giving the results of the recent meat goat producer Survey. Gillespie teaches and conducts research on costs of farm production, adaptation of technology and farm efficiency.
R. Wes Harrison, a LSU marketing economist, will discuss demand for goat meat. He has expertise in analyzing trends in food consumption and has been said to be able to combine number crunching with keen insight into consumer psychology and buying trends.
Ken McMillan, another LSU professor, will speak about his part in a USDA project and the results obtained on live animal and carcass measurements of meat goats. McMillan conducts research and teaches in the areas of animal and meat science. He is also a contributor to the Goat Rancher magazine.
UNL Extension specialist, Randy Saner will round out the day with a presentation on poisonous plants to watch for in raisings goats. For more information, contact: Randy Saner at: [email protected] or 1-800-200-1381, or visit www.facebook.com/4sGoatExpo and www.4sgoatexpo.org