Saturday, July 20, 2013

2013 National Goat Conference

2013 National Goat Conference

2013 National Goat Conference
“Looking Towards the Future”
Sept. 15-18, 2013
Joseph S. Koury Convention Center
Greensboro, North Carolina

Conference Description
The National Goat Conference, first organized in 2010 and occurring every three years, provides educational opportunities in pasture and nutrition, marketing and processing, herd health, reproduction and more. The conference serves a diverse audience and is designed for goat and sheep producers, agricultural professionals and students. Meet and network with representatives of the 1890 and 1862 Land-Grant Institutions, community-based organizations as well as local, state and federal agencies.
Hotel Information and Reservations

Conference Hotel:
Sheraton Greensboro at Four Seasons
3121 High Point Road at I-40
Greensboro, NC 27407
Room Rate:
$125 single or double occupancy, plus 12.75% tax
Rooms are limited. Make Your Reservation Now!
Reservation Cut-off Date & Room Availability:
Rooms at the conference rate are based on availability at the time of making your reservation, or through the Aug. 15 cut-off date. Be advised that rooms in the 2013 National Goat Conference block may fill up before the cut-off date.  Be sure to make your hotel reservation early.
Hotel Reservation Telephone:
1-800-242-6556 (select option 1)
336-292-7167 (local number)
Refer to 2013 National Goat Conference
Sheraton Greensboro at Four Seasons
Airport Transportation:
The following are ground transportation options to the Sheraton at Four Seasons from Piedmont Triad International (PTI) Airport, which serves Greensboro.
The Sheraton at Four Seasons offers complimentary shuttle service to and from PTI for hotel guests only. Upon arrival at the airport, call the hotel at 336-292-7167 to schedule transportation.
PART (Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation) serves PTI with buses, vans and carpools for affordable, comfortable transportation. Call 336-883-7278 to make a reservation or visit their Web site.
Triad Transportation
Taxi/van services are provided by Triad Transportation. They can be reached at 336-668-9808 or 1-877-796-LIMO (5466). Triad Transportation is located on the lower level center of the PTI Airport terminal.
Conference Registration
Participants Registration:
General Registration (Now – Aug. 2)
Students - $100
Farmers - $150
Non-Farmers - $375
Late Participant Registration (After Aug. 2)
Students - $150
Farmers - $200
Non-Farmers - $450
To register, please access the following link, 2013 National Goat Conference Registration.
Exhibit/Vendor Space
As an exhibitor, your company will receive one complimentary conference registration, a draped booth space with a table and two chairs. If additional amenities are needed in your booth, such as internet connection or electricity, you will incur an additional cost.  Refer to the Exhibitor/Vendor Information Form on this site for additional fees. All participants will be listed in the exhibitors’ directory within the conference program.
For more information or to reserve booth space please contact Barbara M. Johnson at or 936-261-5088 by August 15.
Exhibitor / Vendor Information & Form 
Exhibitor Registration:
General Registration (Now – Aug. 2)
Non-Profits - $375
Business (Vendors) - $450
Institution/Federal & State Agencies - $600
Late Exhibitor Registration (After Aug. 2)
Non-Profits - $450
Business (Vendors) - $525
Institution/Federal & State Agencies - $700
To register, please access the following link, 2013 National Goat Conference Registration.
Refund Policy
Requests for refunds must be made in writing and e-mailed to Donna Holland ( A $50 processing fee will be deducted from all refunds. All refunds will be issued 4- to-6 weeks after the event. Substitute registrants are welcome and may be named at any time.
Refund requests dated at least 30 days before the event will be granted in full, less a $50 processing fee.  Refund requests dated less than 30 days before the event will NOT be granted.
Conference Schedule
Sunday, September 15
Noon – 5 p.m.                                   Registration Open
3 – 6 p.m.                                        Pre-Conference Workshop
6 – 8 p.m.                                        Opening Reception
Monday, September 16
7 a.m. – 4 p.m.                                  Registration Open
7 – 8 a.m.                                         Continental Breakfast
8 – 11:45 a.m.                                   General Session
11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.                           Conference Luncheon
1 – 5:15 p.m.                                    Concurrent Sessions
5:15 – 6:30 p.m.                                Poster and Exhibit Viewing Session
Tuesday, September 17
7 a.m. – 4 p.m.                                 Registration Open
7 – 8 a.m.                                         Continental Breakfast
8 – 11:45 a.m.                                  General Session
11:50 a.m. – 1:05 p.m.                      Conference Luncheon
1:05 – 5:20 p.m.                                Concurrent Sessions
6 p.m.                                               Awards Banquet
Wednesday, September 18
7 – 8:30 a.m.                                   Continental Breakfast
8 a.m. – Noon                                  General Session
12:20 – 4:50 p.m.                            Hands-on Training/Demonstrations and Farm Tour
                                                      North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University Farm
                                                      Greensboro, N.C.
Partnering Organizations

Alabama A & M University, Alcorn State University, American Goat Federation, Auburn University, Delaware State University, Florida A & M University, Florida Department of Agriculture(DOACS), Fort Valley State University, Kentucky State University, Lincoln University, Langston University, Prairie View University, South Carolina State University, Southeastern Small Farmer's Network, Southern University, Tennessee State University, Tuskegee University, University of Tennessee and Virginia State University.

Welcome to the National Livestock Producers Association's Sheep & Goat Fund


It is the mission of the National Livestock Producers Association’s Sheep & Goat Fund to encourage innovation and efficiency in the sheep and goat industries by providing credit to eligible and qualified entities.

The NLPA Sheep and Goat Fund is a revolving fund established within NLPA to assist the U.S. sheep and goat industries by strengthening and enhancing the production and marketing of sheep and goats and their products in the United States.
The Fund is the result of a joint effort of the National Sheep Industry Improvement Center (NSIIC)(now the American Sheep and Goat Center) and the National Livestock Producers Association (NLPA). The NSIIC made funds available to NLPA, which serves as an Intermediary and established the Sheep and Goat Fund. NLPA has the ability to service and administer this important program and was selected for their ability to provide:
  • expertise with livestock production, processing and marketing-related lending;
  • nationwide capability in urban and rural areas; and the ability to process and
  • service loans from all segments of the sheep and goat industries; from production through the packer/processor/retail level.
The Sheep and Goat Industry is in need of creative ideas that will add value to sheep and goats and the products they provide. National Livestock Producers Association encourages industry members to evaluate the immediate needs in their area, gather support from others who recognize those needs, and work together to find the most effective solutions to local concerns.
I know it's not the season, but it is time to think about abortion because if ewes haven't been vaccinated before, now is the time to vaccinate for Vibrio.       
Let us also revisit Polio. Polio is a disease that is created when an enzyme develops in the rumen that results in the animal not being able to produce it's own thiamine, vitamin B1. This condition often presents its self when lambs are on full feed
G.F. Kennedy, DVM
Pipestone Vet Clinic

Fly Control  
Dr. J.D. Bobb 

     Fly season is well underway and the pesky creatures can be a nuisance and cause irritation and can lead to flystrike if left untreated.  Any sheep or goat producer can attest to the amazing ability of these creatures to quickly multiply and harass livestock.
     Most of us spend very little or no time thinking about flies and their life cycles or even the different types of flies.  Just to list a few, there are stable flies, biting house flies, horse flies, black flies, gnats and even the sheep tick is really a wingless fly.  They can spread disease such as pinkeye, and cause nasty infections on open wounds, and the worst is a maggot infected sheep that is not caught early.
     The products used to control flies are numerous and most of them are very effective if used properly.
over the counter at your local veterinary clinic that will give excellent residual control for up to six weeks when sprayed on the walls and rafters of the barn area.  Examples of residual fly control products are; Tempo SC, Grenade ER, Annihilator WP, Quick Bayt, and Actishield, there are more but these are ones I am familiar with.  The residual fly control products are expensive but a little goes a very long way.  Neporex is a granulated product that can be spread on the ground to help control fly populations. 
Another way to control large populations of flies that have gotten out of control is to use a fogger that mists an entire area several days until you have the population under control.
      Flies feed on the ground during the heat of the day and roost in the rafters or walls in the evening when temperatures drop.  If you use granulated baits on the  ground you need to create an area that the sheep will not be able to eat the bait which is toxic to livestock.  Flies can be baited in an area that the morning sun shines onto, but livestock is not allowed to have access.  All of the fly bait products contain toxic compounds that should be kept away from livestock.  Many of the fogger products or sprays can be used on livestock and around livestock feed.  Be sure to read the labels on the product you use.
     I have seen lambs that had paralysis from fly bait.
    One product that I have used for the past several summers is Quik Stike.  It is a plastic strip about four inches wide and a foot long that has a fly bait and an attractant combination on it. 
      It is safe because you hang it where the flies feed away from the sheep's reach.
     I have seen piles of dead flies under the strips and they last most of the summer.  
     If you see a sheep with a soiled rear end, watch them very closely for fly strike.  Once the flies lay their eggs on the edge of this soiled area they become maggots and begin to burrow and feed on the sheep.
  The sheep in early stages looks irritated and constantly twitching its tail and getting up and down unable to help itself.  If you let this condition go untreated for several days, it will debilitate the sheep and become extremely difficult to treat.  Treatment is shearing the infected area until you have a margin of normal skin all the way around the soiled area.  Then give the sheep a topical treatment for several days using a screw worm aerosol product or Catron IV product.  The animal should also receive penicillin injections and be fed special until it regains its strength.
      When using fly control products read the labels carefully and follow all the necessary precautions associated with the product.

Straight Talk 
Dr. G.F. Kennedy 
    From the 102 heat index in Sedalia to the great weather in Alaska that is the transition I have made in the last three days. I will be in Alaska the next couple weeks trying to catch the big one. We no longer run the lodge as a business in fact it is for sale but for now it is our summer vacation home. I enjoy it here but for some reason I enjoy taking care of my sheep and my daily contact with sheep people to much to make a three month commitment to the lodge business. Life's all about choices and commitment and presently my commitment is to the sheep industry.
     This year we finally have cell service in our village so I will easily be able to maintain my E-mail service to sheep producers 24/7.  
     On our trip here we observed extra security when we boarded the plane in Minneapolis and we were surrounded by police cars when we arrived in Anchorage. John Boehner got off the Plane in Anchorage. Nice to see that this Speaker of the House utilizes public transportation in comparison to the last one that used a private jet. 
     I thought the Sedalia sales went well, we left on Thursday so hopefully the trend continued in to the weekend. The Katahdin people, including me, consigned too many rams but most still sold well and I am always on the hunt for a new stud ram, however, I really didn't find any sheep that I felt was a must have. The top selling ram consigned by Aspen Mountain was a maternal half brother to our Aspen Mountain stud ram that was our choice of rams when the expo was in Pipestone. Larry Mead continues to amaze me, the contributions that man has made to the purebred industry are immeasurable.
     Looking back, I wish I had taken more time to go through the commercial exhibits and I spent only a small amount of time in the swine barn and missed the goats entirely. With 35 head in our consignment and the 102 heat index it was more of a matter of survival than anything. I won't be attending the Katahdin Expo this year do to three conflicts, Minnesota State Fair, grandson's wedding, and sixty year high school reunion. I believe one visit in the South in the summer is enough anyway but I am looking forward to the ASI meeting in January and hunting in New Mexico in October. 
     The company that makes PG 600 has added a new twist. They have extended the shelf life from two to three years and the product now requires refrigeration. My simple take on this is by requiring refrigeration they were able to extend the shelf life. They discontinued the single dose package so I am often asked what do I do with left over product? The answer is simple just freeze and thaw when needed next time.
     I know it's not the season but it is time to think about abortion because if ewes haven't been vaccinated before, now is the time to vaccinate for Vibrio, 30 days prior to breeding. We recommend the Hygieia product. Enzootic abortion, if you choose to vaccinate for, require two injections prior to breeding at 60 and 30 days. 
     Let us revisit Polio. Polio is a disease that is created when an enzyme develops in the rumen that results in the animal not being able to produce it's own thiamine, vitamin B1. This condition often presents its self when lambs are on full feed, acidosis is believed to be involved. Feeds high in sulfur such as grain by products have been involved but occasionally it just happens so I don't really think we know the whole story. In a thiamine deficiency, dead spots occur in the brain. Animals almost always appear blind and are often found in lateral recumbency showing various central nervous signs. Treatment needs to be immediate, one half a gram of thiamine repeated at 12 hr. intervals until animal has recovered and then daily for several days. If caught early recovery is dramatic. If you go to my blog site there is a You Tube video of a lamb an hour after treatment when the lamb was in lateral recumbency throwing  his head back . Every
Check out Polio on my blog site 

Abortion Prevention   
Dr. G.F. Kennedy 

       This is the time of year when we may not be thinking abortion but should be. Prevention begins now. For those choosing to vaccinate for Enzootic Abortion, Chlamydia, previously non vaccinated animals need to be vaccinated 60 and 30 days prior to breeding. In subsequent years once thirty days prior to breeding. Another method to prevent Chlamydia abortion is to feed tetracycline antibiotics through out pregnancy at a 300mg per head per day daily or pulse feed 800 to 1000 mg for several days every couple weeks. In outbreaks injecting long acting Oxytetracycline, Biomycin every two weeks is helpful. Animals imported from far west seem most susceptible to Chlamydia infection. Eye and joint infections caused by Chlamydia are a different species and are not associated with abortion.
     Vibrio, Campylobacter Fetus and Jejuni, along with Toxoplasmosis remain the primary causes of abortion. Protection for Vibrio is provided by vaccination 30 days prior to breeding and another at mid gestation. Subsequent years vaccination at mid gestation is adequate. I prefer the Hygieia product as I believe it is more effective against current Jejuni infections. Unlike Chlamydia abortion only some of the Vibrio organisms are tetracycline sensitive so sulfa is often used in clinical outbreaks such as 2gr AS700 at the rate of one pound per five head for ten days. I believe vaccination for Vibrio is a must.
     Toxoplasmosis is another story. Prevention can be accomplished by feeding 15 to 30mg of Rumensin per head per day during pregnancy. Exposed animals have immunity so the disease caused by Toxoplasmosis, coccidiosis of cats, can be controlled by animals being exposed when not pregnant. So feed, contaminated by cat feces particularly kittens, may be a valued asset when fed to non pregnant animals. Deccox in the salt can also be used as a preventative, 2 pounds of 6% Deccox may be mixed with loose salt. It is recommended to keep a stable cat population. Depopulation of cats is not the answer.
      I have enjoyed good results using AS700 in the presence of Toxoplasma abortion.
      Avoid all procedures involving stress within 30 days window of pregnancy, vaccination, worming, sorting and working with dogs.
     AS700 has become the treatment of choice in an abortion storm until a diagnosis is made.
In the face of abortion it is imperative that fetuses and placenta be submitted to a veterinary diagnostic lab for diagnosis so proper treatment and preventive measures can be taken.

Vibrio Special
(Hygieia Brand)

June 1-August 31, 2013

5252...Campylobacter/Jejuni Bacterin

5253...Campylobacter/Jejuni Bacterin

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Goats At Los Angeles International Airport - Preparing for Loading for Trip To Kuwait

Pictures Taken By Global Animal Transport

Friday, July 19, 2013

July Premier1 Goat Newsletter


Goat Newsletter                                                  July 2013

In This Issue


    Show Tips


    IMGA Goat Queen
    Brenda McArtor


    Clipping Show Goats,
    Trimming Stand,
    Resharpening Service


    Insect control,


    American Goat


    Tattooing Boer Goats


    Goat Meat Burritos

Amber Waves Goats Loading For Trip To New Owners In Kuwait

25 Pygmy Goats going to Kuwait for two new buyers to begin a pygmy goat breeding program.

2nd Annual National Goat Expo, to be held at the McLean County Fairgrounds in Bloomington, Illinois, Sept 26-30,2013.

To Whom It May Concern:
I am the president and founder of the first ever 2012 National Goat Expo and this year in 2013 is our 2nd Annual National Goat Expo, to be held at the McLean County Fairgrounds in Bloomington, Illinois, Sept 26-30,2013. Last year was the first ever National Goat Expo for all breeds of Dairy, Meat, and Fiber Goats and it went fabulous. This year we hope for it to be bigger and better than it was last year. We will have 5 show rings under one roof, all breeds of goats to be housed in 1 barn and there will be everything from Boers, kikos, all dairy breeds, to angora, cashmere, nigerians, fainting/myotonic goats, and mini breeds. This 2nd Annual National Goat Expo is not one to be missed.

Not only will there be showing for the different breeds of goats, but there will be meetings, seminars, classes, clinics, demos, and 4H and FFA activities and shows for the kids. This will not only be a showing event for all breeders but an educational event for breeders and enthusiasts alike coming together in one location to get knowledge from some of the best speakers and to meet new friends that will last a lifetime.

Last year’s event was amazing, but this year will be bigger and better than the last. We have a great BOD that is working very hard to get everything set up and rolling for many good vendors, sponsors, and some of the best judges and speakers for our event.

More information about goats needs to reach more people across the US so that they can see the importance and uses of goats and that they are important to the agriculture industry.

I am contacting you today to see if you would be interested in being involved with the National Goat Expo. There are many options of sponsors, donations, and ways to be involved with and at the NGE. I would love to have you and your company involved with the National Goat Expo. We have a few different options for sponsorships, vendors, donations, class sponsors, seminar sponsors, etc.  If you would be interested in helping out with the NGE please let me know and I would enjoy talking with you more about the NGE. 
For more information about the National Goat Expo you can visit our website at , you can also reach me at

Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to hearing from you and working with you.

Jennifer Parrish

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Amber Waves Inherit the Wind

From Paige Mulick - Day at Pudding stone Lake! If she only new how other goats lived... Amber Waves Inherit The Wind

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Long Beach CA - Says Yes, to a proposal to change Long Beach city law on keeping goats, chickens and bees

(July 15, 2013) -- The City Council should say YES to a proposal to change Long Beach city law on keeping goats, chickens and bees, coming to the Council later today (July 16)...and my comments below respond point by point to matters raised in an op-ed Deborah Turner and Bob Carlton (at this link).
These are questions that can be addressed.
  • "The proposal would allow residents to keep neutered male goats. What purpose do neutered male goats serve other than to slaughter?" They're not for milk and they're not for procreation. They would be allowed as companion animals. The purpose is to prohibit intact males which, like roosters would create exessive noise.
  • "There is no limit on the size of an allowable bee hive...and the proposal ordinance would allow up to four of them. Hives can range in size from 25,000 to over 125,000 cells, and the average small hive produces 50 to 75 lbs of honey per year, while 4 large hives can produce 500 lbs per year. It sounds like those seeking to keep bees at this magnitude, ought to be required to have a business license, as well."The size of a hive fluctuates according to season -- grows in spring, shrinks in winter (even here) . As lovely as it would be, most hives produce nowhere near the amount of honey claimed above. Most home beekeepers are lucky to harvest enough honey to satisfy friends and family. Should they have enough surplus to sell at a farmers market, the proper permit from the LB Health department under the cottage foods rules would apply.
  • "Will the hives be wasp protected? A bee hive can create an associated wasp problem that must be managed...and the wasps likely won't cooperate in remaining on just one property." Wasps are pollinators that control pests like spiders, flies, caterpillars and bugs of all kinds. They are already in the environment and don’t choose to build a nest because a beehive is nearby. By the way, wasps are extremely attracted to bamboo -- something to think about.
  • "Thus far, enforcement issues haven't been seriously addressed, among them cleanliness and feeding requirements. The proposed ordinance requires daily cleaning of the cages and feeding of animals. How is this going to be enforced?" There is no reason to think enforcement would be different than it currently is for cleaning up your yard after your dogs and cats. It would be complaint driven if there is odor.
  • "The ordinance would require Animal Care Services officers -- already stretched to the limit with their current tasks -- to additionally serve as de facto census takers and surveyors. The last thing Long Beach needs now is to reduce their ability to handle their current animal care tasks." The evidence from cities contacted shows that cities of similar size with similar changes have not experienced a significant uptick in tasks for ACS.
  • "What about goat noise? It can range from bleating for some goats to others sounding like a child crying. And yes, goats can be loud." Goats are not as loud as a backyard dog with separation issues when the owner goes to work. Siamese cats sound like babies crying, and of course babies sound like babies crying.
  • "The ordinance doesn't limit goats to pygmy goats; they could be large goats, which can be very aggressive. It does limit the goats to pygmy goats. What about fines and penalties for violators who violate the ordinance? What about repeat offenders? Same as current fines and penalties currently in place for other animal issues.
  • "Will the proposed regulations only apply to residences or will Long Beach's community gardens be allowed to become animal farms as well? The proposed regulation only says "parcel of land," apparently not limited to private property. Yes, if they meet the requirements.
  • "If public lands will be used and food distributed in a community fashion, urban animal agriculture isn't efficient for food production. Vegetable production yields considerably more food per unit area than animal raising." Not everyone embraces veganism. Many consume milk, eggs, and honey
  • "Finally, the public has only had limited opportunity to be heard by a Committee of three Councilmembers, only two of whom voted to advance the measure to Council consideration. The proposed measure creates quality of life issues for people and for animals. The Council should vote it down at this point because it deserves more public discussion than it has received and will create more problems than it will solve." There have been 2 official town hall public meetings, three years of open Sustainable City meetings with public feedback , Environmental Commission meetings with public feedback, city councilmember initiated polls (overwhelmingly in favor) and social media queries (also in favor).


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