Monday, April 14, 2014

Health and Parasite Management in Small Ruminants

Health and Parasite Management in Small Ruminants Training Workshop

Date: May 31, 2014
Venue: Caprine Research and Education Unit (Goat Farm), Tuskegee University  

Introduction

Conventional method of parasite control by just using chemical de-wormer seems to be ineffective, especially to control barber pole worm – a most significant parasite causing a huge loss in small ruminant industry. For several reasons, this worm is developing resistance against most of the chemical dewormers. Now, it is time to adopt an integrated approach of managing gastrointestinal parasites including barber pole worm. Moreover, external parasites, and infectious and other diseases play a crucial role in the health and well-being of small ruminants. Some of the diseases and parasites are also zoonotic (capable of affecting human).  Producers and professionals must be aware of all these health problems and be able to prevent them on time. This program aims to educate extension professionals and producers on the major health problems in small ruminants and various strategies to prevent them.
 
Workshop topics/activities (9:00 A.M.  - 3:00 P.M.)
 ·         Major diseases and parasites (internal & external) of small ruminants and their prevention  strategies
·         Pasture and grazing management for controlling internal parasites
·         Nutrition, feeding, and immunity against parasites and diseases
·         FAMACHA and smart drenching
·         Use of tannin containing feeds and forages to control internal parasites
·         Parasite drug resistance in small ruminants: causes and solutions
·         Hands-on activities: General health inspection, use of FAMACHA card, condition score, hoof inspection and trimming, taking temperature, fecal sample collection and examination, identifying parasites and parasite larvae, etc.
 
Registration fee: $10.00 (if pre-registered by May 16, 2014); $15.00 (after May 16, 2014). Working lunch and snacks will be served and a package of educational materials will be provided.

Please reserve your place today by sending Registration Form along with the registration fee to: Ms. Yvonne Wright, 201 Morrison-Mayberry Hall, Tuskegee University Cooperative Extension Program, Tuskegee, AL 36088. For registration question, contact Ms. Wright - Phone: 334-724-4440, Email: wright@mytu.tuskegee.edu

For driving direction and further information about the program, see Program Flyer and Program Agenda. Any additional question about the program must be directed to Dr. Uma Karki, Email: karkiu@mytu.tuskegee.edu, Phone: (334) 727-8336.
 


 





Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Agroforestry/Silvopasture Workshop at Tuskegee University

Agroforestry/Silvopasture workshop will be conducted on May 3, 2014 at Tuskegee University. Detailed information on this workshop is available at this link: http://www.tuskegee.edu/about_us/outreach/cooperative_extension/agroforestrysilvopasture_workshop.aspx

Tuskegee University Annual Goat Day 2014

Tuskegee University Annual Goat Day for this year is scheduled on April 26, 2014. More information is available at this link: http://www.tuskegee.edu/about_us/outreach/cooperative_extension/goat_day.aspx

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Eufaula Field Day 2014

Year-round Pasture, Sustainable Grazing, and Goat Herd Management

Ruminant livestock production in Alabama is based on pasture. Highly productive and quality pasture persisting throughout a year or most of the year is important for profitable livestock enterprises. Most of the livestock producers in Alabama have warm-season perennial pastures that produce from May to October and have negligible or no production from November to April, when farmers need to invest considerably on supplementary feedstuffs such as hay, agricultural byproducts, and commercially prepared feeds to sustain their livestock. Feeding supplement for 5-6 months each year is not cost-effective. The purpose of this field day is to educate and demonstrate Extension professionals and livestock producers on developing and managing year-round pasture system. Moreover, basics of goat herd health evaluation and care will be shared with the participants. This field day will be conducted on a goat producer’s farm, which has been involved in developing year-round pasture and managing the pasture with rotational grazing system. Participants will be able to see and experience how their livestock production system can be improved, and apply the useful practices on their farms.

Major Topics/Activities

  • Forage establishment and grazing management
  • NRCS support for pasture improvement and grazing management
  • Producer’s experience – Importance of pasture improvement and grazing management for sustainable goat operation
  • Economic benefits of pasture improvement
  • Basics of managing a healthy goat herd
  • Field visit and hands-on: collect and composite soil samples, identify different forages, measure the forage height and calculate the available biomass, tour the pasture, observe planting equipment, fencing, and facilities (shelter, watering, and feeding),  hoof trimming, FAMACHA use, and body condition scoring
  • Participant discussion, feedback, and evaluation
Venue: 36 County Road 40, Eufaula, AL 36027
Date: April 5, 2014
Time: 9 AM - 1 PM
 
Registration fee: None

Register by March 24 is required by sending the completed registration form as indicated in the form.

For driving direction and more information about the program, please see the program flyer and agenda.
 

Monday, January 27, 2014

Sustainable Year-Round Forage Production and Grazing/Browsing Management Training 2014

Introduction

Tuskegee University Cooperative Extension Program in collaboration with other land grant universities (Auburn, Langston, and Mississippi State), Alabama Natural Resources Conservation Service, and PadmaDal Memorial Foundation is conducting a 2-day training program – Sustainable Year-Round Forage Production and Grazing/Browsing Management (goat focus) for field agricultural professionals and livestock producers. Training will be conducted on March 25-26, 2014; March 24 and 27 will be the travel dates for those who will be coming a long way to Tuskegee. 

Program Objective

The objective of this program is to train field-level Extension and technical assistance personnel (hereafter field personnel) and livestock producers in year-round forage production and grazing/browsing management in the Southeast Region. The trained field personnel are expected to educate and help goat producers in the Southeastern Region make their production system more sustainable through pasture improvement and sustainable grazing management.
 

Major Training Topics

The training will consists of various topics relevant to year-round forage production and grazing/browsing management, such as agronomic aspects of forage production, sustainable grazing/browsing management, suitable forage species for developing year-round grazing systems for goats and cattle, grazing facilities for different grazing systems, browse species, supplementary feeding, weed management, resource conservation, and economics. Each topic will include hands-on activities. 
 
More information about this event is available in the Program Flyer and Program Agenda.
 
Send the completed Registration Form on time as indicated in the form to reserve your spot.
 


 

Friday, January 17, 2014

Plantersville Field Day, 2014

Year-round Pasture, Silvopasture, Sustainable Grazing, and Goat Herd Management Field Day 

Tuskegee University Cooperative Extension is organizing this field day to promote the sustainable livestock production system. Ruminant livestock production in Alabama is based on pasture. Highly productive and quality pasture persisting throughout a year or most of the year is important for profitable livestock enterprises. Most of the livestock producers in Alabama have warm-season perennial pastures that produce from May to October and have negligible or no production from November to April, when farmers need to invest considerably on supplementary feedstuffs such as hay, agricultural byproducts, and commercially prepared feeds to sustain their livestock. Feeding supplement for 5-6 months each year is not cost-effective. The purpose of this field day is to educate and demonstrate Extension professionals and livestock producers on developing and managing year-round pasture system. Moreover, basics of goat herd-health evaluation and management will be included among the field-day topics. This field day will be conducted on a goat producer’s farm, which has been involved in developing year-round pasture including pine silvopasture and managing the pasture and silvopasture with rotational grazing system. Participants will be able to see and experience how their livestock production system can be improved, and apply the similar system on their farms. 
 

Major topics/activities


  • Forage establishment and grazing management
  • Supplementary feeding
  • Economic benefits of year-round pastures
  • Producer’s experience – pasture and silvopasture for goats
  • Basics of managing a healthy goat herd
  • NRCS support for pasture improvement and grazing management
  • Field visit and hands-on: collect and composite soil samples, identify different forages, measure the forage height and calculate the available biomass, tour the open-pasture and silvopasture sites, observe planting equipment, fencing, and facilities (shelter, watering, and feeding),  hoof trimming, FAMACHA use, and body condition scoring
  • Participant discussion, feedback, and evaluation
Venue: 472 Pecan Road, Plantersville, AL 36758
Date: March 1, 2014
Time: 9 AM - 1 PM

Registration fee: None

Register by February 21 by sending the completed registration form as indicated in the form.

For driving direction and more information about the program, please see the program flyer and agenda.
 

 

 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Training on Preparing and Showing Meat Goats


This training has been designed for preparing Alabama youths (19 years and under) to compete in local and state-level meat-goat shows. Youth participation in goat shows can be rewarding in many ways, such as learning about goats and their care and management from the very early age, developing leadership and confidence while participating in the actual shows, and gaining show skills. This kind of involvement may even help these youths to choose their career in animal science, veterinary science, farming, or other animal-related occupations as they grow up. There are several aspects that youths and their parents/guardian must be familiar with to be able to successfully compete in goat shows and win. The purpose of this training is to teach the youths from Alabama and aware their parents on the major aspects of preparing and showing meat goats.

Major training topics

  • Preparation before goat procurement         
  • Show goat selection/procurement
  • Care and management of show goats
  • Training  and preparation of goats for the show
  • Attire and presentation at the show
  • Goat show events in Alabama

Hands-on and demonstration session

  • Training and positioning show goats
  • Health inspection of show goats (body condition score, hoof, teeth, anemia, body coat, external parasites, abscesses, and other abnormalities)
  • Hoof trimming, cleaning, and grooming
Supportive training topics (youths and their parents/guardian, youth coordinator)
  • Basic facilities for raising goats
  • Pasture development and grazing management
  • Common health problems and their management
  • Nutrition and feeding
  • Breed selection
  • Animal selection and breeding management
  • Care and management of newborn kids

 

Workshop venues and time are arranged based on the availability of youths, their parents or youth coordinator, and the trainer(s). Normally, the training starts in June and ends in October each year. However, training sessions can be conducted in other months as well should there be a demand.

 

Registration fee: None.

Contact for further information: Dr. Uma Karki - Email: karkiu@mytu.tuskegee.edu, Phone: (334)727-8336 (Office), or county agent(s) in your county.