Day-long program presents all things dairy goats

Emerald Dairy Goat Association and OSU Extension Service Small Farms Program will sponsor Dairy Goat Day 2018 Nov. 3 in Pleasant Hill, Ore.

The day-long program will be presented from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Pleasant Hill High School, 36386 OR-58, Pleasant Hill, Ore.

“Classes, displays, and hands-on learning in a friendly, low-key setting will strengthen your goat confidence and know-how,” according to the event website. ” If you are an experienced “goat person” or you hope, to be, this event is for you.”

The cost is $25/ per person or $40 for two people from the same farm, and 4-H  Youth can attend for $5. To register or get more information, go to the event website.

The website lists the following session descriptions:

Getting Started with Milk Certification Part 1 and 2: Kathy Sackman, Washington DHIA. Learn the essentials of becoming a certified milk tester.  Take the certification test or renew your current certification.  Plan to attend both sessions, Part 1 and 2 to complete the certification process.

Common Diseases of Goats: Dr. Charles Estill, OSU Extension Veterinarian. Learn about the common diseases that affect goats in the Pacific Northwest.  We’ll  cover prevention and treatment options to help keep your goats healthy.

Managing Internal Parasites: Dr. Charles Estill, OSU Extension Veterinarian.Internal parasites are a concern for a majority of goat owners. Topics in this class will include parasite life cycles, how to recognize parasitic infections, resistance to dewormers and researched treatment options.

Pasture Management: Melissa Fery, OSU Extension Small Farms Faculty. If you are unhappy with the current condition of your farm’s pastures, plan to attend this session. We’ll discuss basic management strategies for more productive, healthy pastures for your livestock.

Finessing Freshening: The 123s of Milking and Handling: Sage Rosene, Emerald Dairy Goat Association. This session is perfect for new goat owners who would like to learn proper technique for safely milking does.  Tips for udder care, cleansing and handling will also be shared.

Herbal Nutrition and Health for Goats-2 part session: Katherine Drovdahl MH, CR, DipHIr, CEIT. Katherine is the author of “The Accessible Pet, Equine and Livestock Herbal.”   All those letters after her name stand for “ Master of Herbology, Certified Reflexologist, Diplomate of Holistic Iridology, Certified Equine Iridology Technician & Researcher, International Certification in Aromatherpy.  Her book covers goat nutrition and goat body systems and support, all the backyard herbal way. Her presentations will give you a fascinating introduction to the herbal way for your goats.

Cheese Making: Kristina Kreedy, Emerald Dairy Goat Association. Learn how to preserve milk from your home dairy. A cheese making demonstration and a short introduction to the exciting world, both science and art, of making cheese

Guardian Animals for Goats: Meg Hicks. This presentation will primarily focus on guardian dogs but will also introduce llamas and donkeys. Learn how to protect goats with facilities improvements.

Raising Goats for Meat: Meg Hicks. This presentation covers selecting breeding stock, breeding, feeding & care, marketing, and basic butchering for personal use.

Adventures with Pack Goats: Wayne Sherrard, North American Pack Goat Association. This presentation is for the beginner interested in pack goats.  Wayne will be teaching you how to select goats with packing potential and all about the equipment to get you started.