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XII International
Conference on Goats

The 12th International Conference on Goats “ICG 2016" will take place between September 25-30, 2016 in the city of Antalya, Turkey. The theme for the conference is “Contributions of caprine agrosylvopastoral production systems to society and the environment: different strategies for developing goat value chains to face global change", including a range of production systems with a focus on research and evidence for practice, and the contribution to delivery of quality goat products. Our keynote and invited speakers come from around the world, representing the very best in their fields of expertise. Additionally we will have presentations, both oral and poster, from colleagues in outreach, education, management and research. Poster sessions are organized to provide a forum for continued and extensive coverage of the topics addressed in the conference and provide the opportunity for young scientists to present their work. Click on the banner below to access the conference website

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XII International
Conference on Goats

The 12th International Conference on Goats “ICG 2016" will take place between September 25-30, 2016 in the city of Antalya, Turkey. The theme for the conference is “Contributions of caprine agrosylvopastoral production systems to society and the environment: different strategies for developing goat value chains to face global change", including a range of production systems with a focus on research and evidence for practice, and the contribution to delivery of quality goat products. Our keynote and invited speakers come from around the world, representing the very best in their fields of expertise. Additionally we will have presentations, both oral and poster, from colleagues in outreach, education, management and research. Poster sessions are organized to provide a forum for continued and extensive coverage of the topics addressed in the conference and provide the opportunity for young scientists to present their work. Click on the banner below to access the conference website

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NCSU Small Ruminant
Educational Unit

The Small Ruminant Educational Unit maintains a meat goat herd for on-going teaching and research at North Carolina State University.  Boer, Kiko, and Kiko-Boer cross goats are used for research trials in the fields of reproductive physiology, nutrition and parasitology. Polled Dorset and Katahdin are the two sheep breeds maintained at the unit. The first Polled Dorset ram, NCSU 402, was developed at this facility.Both goats and sheep are used for teaching and training animal science and professional veterinary students in laboratories. The facility and resident animals are also used by extension personnel for various trainings, 4-H and producer programs.

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Goat Prices and
Ethnic Holidays - Western Roman Easter- Eastern Orthodox Easter- Passover

Due to greater demand, goat prices increase shortly before and during ethnic holidays. Several ethnic Holidays are fast approaching: Western Roman Easter on March 27th, Eastern Orthodox Easter on May 1st, and Passover on April 23rd-April 30th.  Easter is a Christian feast commemorating the Resurrection of Jesus after his crucifixion. The Orthodox Eastern Church calculates Easter somewhat differently, so that the Eastern Orthodox Easter usually comes several weeks after that of the Western Roman Easter. Passover is a holiday beginning on the 14th of Nisan (first month of the religious calendar, corresponding to March–April) and traditionally continuing for eight days, commemorating the exodus of the Hebrews from Egypt. Also called Pesach. Check the Ethnic Holidays factsheet and the Ethnic Holiday Calendar under Marketing & Economics for more details  as well as the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services ‘Market News’ for goat prices at Powell Livestock, Carolina Stockyards in Siler City and Union County Livestock Market in Monroe under ‘Web Resources’.

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Goat Sheep Training

Small Ruminants
Producers' Workshop

Swain County Extension Center, Rm 114, Southwestern Community College, Swain Campus, 60 Almond School Rd, Bryson City, NC 28713 Workshop Titles: Forages for Meat Goats Small Ruminant Integrated Gastrointestinal Parasite Control & FAMACHA Certification For additional information, click on the flyer below: Flyer - Swain County Small Ruminant Workshops, June 2016

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Meet your Extension
Specialist

Dr. Jean-Marie “JM” Luginbuhl, Professor of Crop Science and Animal Science at North Carolina State University, has been leading the Meat Goat and Forage Systems Research and Extension Program since October 1995. In that position, Dr. Luginbuhl is responsible for conducting research with meat goats and to provides statewide leadership in the development of the expanding meat goat industry through training, technology transfer and educational programs designed for cooperative extension agents, farmers and agribusiness professionals. His research program emphasis and goals include developing sustainable forage and browse-based feeding systems for meat goats, using goats as bio-agents to control invasive herbaceous weeds and woody vegetation in pastures, forest land and other areas when grazing alone or in combination with cattle, evaluating the browse potential of fodder tree species in silvopastoral systems for meat goats, and exploring non-pharmaceutical approaches to treating meat goats with traditional anthelmintics. After receiving his Ph.D. degree, Dr. Luginbuhl became a post-doc in Animal Science at NCSU where he co-coordinated the nutrition component of the NCSU-USAID Small Ruminant - Collaborative Research Support Program in Morocco in North West Africa. Following his BS degree, obtained from the Technicum Agricole Suisse in Zollikfen, Switzerland, Dr. Luginbuhl spent four years working with small dairy farmers in the Andean Mountains of Peru, South America, where he was the leader of a collaborative extension project between Caritas Switzerland and the Peruvian Ministry of Agriculture. Dr. Luginbuhl is fluent in French, English and Spanish. In case anyone wonders about his accent, he grew up on a mixed crop-livestock farm in a small rural community located near the city of Neuchâtel in the French part of Switzerland.

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2015 – Year of the Goat

The Goat (Chinese: 羊; pinyin: yáng) is the eighth sign of the 12-year cycle of animals that appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar. The Year of the Goat starts MORE »

History of the NCSU Meat Goat Program

1987-1989   Drs. Jim Green and Paul Mueller from the Department of Crop Science acquired Brush goats (see picture below) primarily for the purpose of evaluating the potential for goats in brush control in MORE »

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Goat Prices & Ethnic Holidays - Month of RamadanMon Jun 6 - Wed Jul 6, 2016 - ALL DAY— 2 weeks away
Small Ruminant Producers' WorkshopThu Jun 16, 2016
8:45 AM - 4:00 PM Where:
Swain County Extension Center, 60 Almond School Rd, Bryson City, NC 28713
— 3 weeks away
Goat Prices & Ethnic Holidays - Eid al FitrThu Jul 7 - Sat Jul 9, 2016 - ALL DAY— 1 month away
XII International Conference on GoatsSun Sep 25, 2016 @ 8:00 AM -
Fri Sep 30, 2016 @ 5:00 PM Where:
Kervansaray Lara Convention Center - Antalya, Turkey
— 4 months away
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