Friday, October 7, 2016

Sustainable Livestock Production - Educational materials

  1.  Educational Video: Sustainable year-round forage production and grazing/browsing management for goats in the Southern Region https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wq9wTE7-HkA&feature=youtu.be
  2. Sustainable year-round forage production and grazing/browsing management for goats in the Southern Region http://www.tuskegee.edu/sites/www/Uploads/files/About%20US/TUCEP/Livestock%20Program/Year-RoundPasture_Handbook.pdf
  3. Year-round pasture production and management http://www.tuskegee.edu/sites/www/Uploads/files/About%20US/TUCEP/Livestock%20Program/YearRoundPasture_ProductionManagement.pdf
  4.  Pasture weed identification and management http://www.tuskegee.edu/sites/www/Uploads/files/About%20US/TUCEP/Livestock%20Program/WeedProceedings.pdf
  5. Goat production: Colostrum for newborn kids http://www.tuskegee.edu/sites/www/Uploads/files/About%20US/TUCEP/Livestock%20Program/Colostrum%20feeding.pdf
  6.  Cool-season forages for sustainable goat production: Research highlights http://tuskegee.edu/sites/www/Uploads/files/About%20US/TUCEP/Livestock%20Program/Winter_Forage.pdf
  7. Integrated management of internal parasites in goats: Workshop Proceedings http://www.tuskegee.edu/sites/www/Uploads/files/About%20US/TUCEP/Livestock%20Program/ParasiteWorkshop_Proceedings.pdf
  8. Year-round pasture and grazing calendar http://www.tuskegee.edu/sites/www/Uploads/Users/732/Files/tucep/Livestok%20Program/Year-round%20Pasture%20Calendar.pdf


Thursday, September 22, 2016

3rd National Goat Conference,Feb 17-19, 2017 @ Tuskegee

The 3rd National Goat Conference - (Being Postponed!)

More information about these conferences is available at the following links:
3rd National Goat Conference: http://www.famu.edu/cesta/main/index.cfm/cooperative-extension-program/agriculture/small-ruminant/national-goat-conference1/

125th Tuskegee University Annual Farmers Conference: http://www.tuskegee.edu/about_us/outreach/cooperative_extension/farmers_conference.aspx

Please register on time and secure your seat.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Hands-on Training on Integrated Approach for Managing Diseases and Parasites in Small Ruminants

Integrated Approach for Managing Diseases and Parasites in Small Ruminants - Hands-on Training for Farmers and Professionals
8 AM to 4:30 PM, October 28, 2016
102 Mary Starke Harper Hall & CAENS Research and Demonstration Facility, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL 36088


The purpose of this training session is to educate small ruminant producers and Extension professionals on the prevalent disease and parasite challenges that jeopardize small ruminant health and performance as well as human health, and an integrated approach to prevent these problems. Moreover, various treatment strategies will be discussed and demonstrated.  Hands-on activities will include general health inspection, use of FAMACHA card, condition score, hoof inspection and trimming, taking temperature, medication (injections, drenching, topical), and fecal sample collection and examination. More information about the event is presented in the Program Flyer and Agenda.



Preregistration by October 21 (deadline extended) is required to participate in this event with the required payment ($25.00 if pre-registered by September 1; $30.00 after September 1, 2016) for management purpose. Registration can be made by visiting this link and filling the registration form online,   and check should be sent to the designated address, or both completed Registration Form and check can be sent to the address given in the registration form. Please register quickly and secure your seat on time. Working lunch and a package of educational material including the FAMACHA card will be provided. If you are unable to pay the registration fee, but need to participate in the event, please email the event coordinator at: karkiu@mytu.tuskegee.edu for possible scholarship. 

Training on Sustainable Agroforestry in Tuskegee, 2016


Training on Sustainable Agroforestry Practices
September 30, 2016
102 Mary Starke Harper Hall & the Agroforestry Research and Demonstration Site
Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL
 
Agroforestry is a sustainable land-use system that involves the intentional integration and management of trees, crops, and/or livestock in a single management unit. This system offers more economical, environmental, and social benefits compared to the sole operation of its components. Well-managed agroforestry systems provide economic viability through regular, short-term incomes from crop and/or livestock components, and long-term incomes from trees. Most of the Southeastern forest consists of pine trees, which require 20 to 30 years to mature. Landowners with sole pine plantations have to manage the tree stands (thinning, pruning, and burning) several times before trees are harvested and also pay property tax annually; similar scenario is true with non-pine woodland. However, they cannot get much regular incomes from the woodland to support these costs unless agroforestry practices are adopted, which is possible after the first thinning and pruning that open up more ground surface and allow more sunlight penetration to the ground for understory vegetation growth. Livestock farmers can get more forages/grazing if a silvopasture system is practiced and grazing animals may have a more comfortable environment while in the sivlvopasture compared to where there are no trees. Similarly, different types of vegetables, fruits, and many other crops can be grown in the well-managed agroforestry systems and get benefits from regular short-term incomes. Moreover, under a thick hardwood forest canopy, different medicinal plants can be grown and additional, regular incomes can be obtained.

The objective of this program is to educate forest landowners, farmers, and agricultural professionals, and eventually make them able to implement sustainable agroforestry practices to efficiently utilize their resources in order to benefit current as well as future generations. Experts from Tuskegee University, Alabama A&M University, and Alcorn State University will be speaking at the event. Funding support for this program is provided by Southern SARE. More information about the event is presented in the Program Flyer  and Agenda.
 
Participation to this event is free; however, preregistration is required for management purpose by September 9, 2016. Please reserve your place by September 9 registering online, or filling and mailing the registration form to Mr. Yubaraj Karki, 201 Morrison-Mayberry Hall, Tuskegee University Cooperative Extension Program, Tuskegee, AL 36088; or email to ykarki@mytu.tuskegee.edu, or fax to 334-724-4344. Light breakfast, working lunch, and afternoon snacks and drinks (hot and cold) will be provided.
 
Please register quickly and secure your seat on time. Light breakfast, working lunch, and afternoon snacks and drinks (hot and cold) will be provided to the first 40 registrants.

Plantersville Field Day 2016

Silvopasture and Goat-Herd Management Field Day
September 10, 2016
472 Pecan Road, Plantersville, AL
 
Silvopasture is a sustainable agroforestry system that involves an intentional integration and management of trees, forages, and livestock in a single management unit. This system offers more economical, environmental, and social benefits compared to the sole operation of its components. Well-managed silvopasture systems provide economic viability through regular, short-term incomes from forages and livestock components, and long-term incomes from trees. Most of the Southeastern forest consists of pine trees, which require 20 to 30 years to mature. Landowners with sole pine plantations have to manage the tree stands (thinning, pruning, and burning) several times before trees are harvested and also pay property tax annually; similar scenario is true with non-pine woodland. However, they cannot get much regular incomes from the woodland to support these costs unless silvopasture practices are adopted, which is possible after the first thinning and pruning that open up more ground surface and allow more sunlight penetration to the ground for understory forage growth. Livestock farmers can get more forages/grazing if a silvopasture system is practiced and grazing animals may have a more comfortable environment while in the sivlvopasture compared to where there are no trees.



The objective of this program is to educate forest landowners, farmers, and agricultural professionals, and eventually make them able to implement sustainable silvopasture practices to efficiently utilize their resources in order to benefit current as well as future generations. Experts from Tuskegee University, and Alabama Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will be speaking at the event. Moreover, the host farmers will be sharing his experience on silvopasture-goat management system. Funding support for this program is provided by Southern USDA/NIFA. More information about the event is presented in the Program Flyer  and Agenda.

 

Participation to this event is free; however, preregistration is required for management purpose by August 19, 2016. Please reserve your place by August 19 registering online, or filling and mailing the registration form to Mr. Yubaraj Karki, 201 Morrison-Mayberry Hall, Tuskegee University Cooperative Extension Program, Tuskegee, AL 36088; or email to ykarki@mytu.tuskegee.edu, or fax to 334-724-4344. Light breakfast, working lunch, and afternoon snacks and drinks (hot and cold) will be provided.





Please register quickly and secure your seat on time. Light breakfast, working lunch, and afternoon snacks and drinks (hot and cold) will be provided to the first 40 registrants.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Tuskegee University Master Goat Producer's Certification Training

Master goat producer's certification training at Tuskegee University, August 1-3, 2016; more information is available at this link: http://www.tuskegee.edu/academics/colleges/caens/master_goat_producer_training.aspx

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Tuskegee University Annual Goat Day 2016

Tuskegee University Annual Goat Day for this year is scheduled on April 16, 2016. More information is available at this link: http://www.tuskegee.edu/about_us/outreach/cooperative_extension/goat_day.aspx