This hands-on field school will teach practical skills for raising sheep and goats including preventative animal health practices (especially internal parasite management), principles of nutrition and pasture management, and other strategies for meat, milk and wool enterprises. You will have the chance to get some quality hands-on time with the sheep and goats, so wear your barn clothes!
If you've been to the sheep and goat workshops in recent years, we can assure you that we will be covering some new ground this year. We have some interesting new internal parasite management strategies to go over, including a more detailed look at fecal egg counts and parasite-fighting grazing strategies. We also plan to get into more depth on forage quality and feed requirements.
The workshop will be held at Heifer International's Heifer Farm in Rutland, Mass. Speakers include Rosario Delgado-Lecaroz, DVM and Sam Anderson.
Registration: $40 (primary registrant - additional guests $30/ea). (Includes a really good lunch.) Click here to register by Sept. 17.
Beef Cattle School: October 23, 2014, 8:30 am - 2:00 pm in Grafton, Mass.
An all-day field school for beef cattle farmers, featuring guest speaker Dr. Robert Smith, a nationally recognized cattle vet who wrote much of the Beef Quality Assurance guidelines. Dr. Smith and the vet school crew will discuss how to be an educated buyer of feeder calves, how to judge when a steer is ready for market, and how management practices translate into meat quality. A hands-on component will cover animal handling and facilities, and vaccination, castration, and other animal health and management skills.
The workshop will be held at the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in Grafton, Mass. We will meet at the farm buildings on Nickerson Road - click here for a campus map(farm buildings and parking marked in red).
Registration: $40 (primary registrant - additional guests $30/ea). Includes lunch and resources. Click here to register by Oct. 20.