Nebraska Sheep and Goat Producers Association and Nebraska Dairy Goat Association are convening their annual joint conference in the Wahoo and Mead area on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 2-3. On Friday, Nov. 2, association members will meet at the Heritage Inn in Wahoo before leaving for a tour of Mike and Chris Stork's meat goat operation near Arlington that has been converted from a dairy farm. The group will visit Wayne Vermeline's on-farm museum of antique tools, restored tractors and equipment near Malmo, before returning to the Heritage Inn for supper and the NS&GP board of directors meeting.
On Saturday, Nov. 3, registration begins at 8 a.m. at the University of Nebraska Animal Research and Development Center at Mead. The NS&GP annual meeting begins at 9 a.m. At 9:30 a.m., Alice Doane of Waverly will narrate a Nebraska "Make It With Wool" style show. At 10:15 a.m., Michelle Wendell of Happy Goat Grazing near Brewster will present a workshop on controlled grazing with goats.
Mike Caskey from the Minnesota West Community and Technical College lamb and wool management program will offer an industry overview. That afternoon, sessions include a stock dog demonstration with John Holman of Clay Center; health and nutrition presentation by Caskey; controlling internal parasites program by Randy Saner, UNL Extension educator for Lincoln and McPherson counties; and a presentation by Pete McClymont from Nebraska Cattlemen on the "We Support Ag" program and protecting the rights of livestock producers. This will be followed by the NDGA annual meeting and NS&GP board of directors wrap up meeting. Attendees are encouraged to donate items to a silent auction that will be held on Saturday.
You can make reservations at the Heritage Inn in Wahoo by calling 866-443-1288. Learn more about the conference by contacting Deb Dauel at 402-642-5887 or Suzy Hassler at 402-705-0733. The complete conference agenda is available online at www.nebraskasheepgoat.org.