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Busy Summer for DGA Members

Posted by patriot@harnerfarm.net on May 11, 2019 at 9:20 PM

As warm weather returns, so does the DGA list of activities. We’re kicking off 2019 with a special Barn Talk at Windy Creek Boer Goats near Epping, ND on May 25th. Evan and Christine Whiteford will be our hosts. You’ll see both registered and commercial Boers along with their Nubian herd as the Whitefords explain their operation and the different handling techniques used when you have bottle babies versus dam-raised commercial goats.

We’ve extended the time for this activity to five hours because we’ll be spending more time than normal on teaching you parasite control and identification. You’ll see firsthand the FAMACHA technique for checking for anemia as discussed in our last issue. We’re also going to attempt to show fecal testing from start to finish so you can try doing this at home.

Some of the other vet treatments that we’ll be demonstrating are drawing blood (Want to try?), tube feeding a kid, and drenching. Of course we’ll still cover the basics of facilities for the different classes of goats, pasture and feeding management, vaccinations, and hoof trimming. Please pre-register so we have a head count for lunch.

I hope you’ll make the drive to western North Dakota for this Barn Talk. There’s a lot to see and do. Biosecurity measures will be in place and ask that you wear closed-toe shoes.

June 1st the DGA will hold it’s first ever Showmanship Clinic near Mandan. Many of you know Samantha Johnson and her brother Justin who have actively shown Boer and Nubian goats across North Dakota. They’ll show you how to clip a goat, trim hooves and then we’ll have a practice session in the ring with tips and tricks for presenting both dairy and meat goats. Best of all - you do NOT have to bring your goats! Samantha and Justin will provide their already-trained animals for the clinic.

Adults - if you’ve never shown but are selling to 4-H or FFA members, this is a great opportunity for you to learn the basics. Most clinics are open only to youth, but this is open to everyone. However, you MUST pre-register by May 25th as space is limited.

July brings the second ADGA-sanctioned dairy goat show at the Red River Valley Fair. It’s your opportunity to earn points towards championship, while being on the grounds less than 24 hours. There will also be an ADGA and ABGA sanctioned shows at the State Fair. If you’re showing in 4-H or FFA, we encourage you to participate in the sanctioned Open Class shows, too.

In late July, Deb McAvoy will host an ADGA Linear Appraisal session at the Stutsman County Fairgrounds in Jamestown. We don’t have a firm date yet, but this is a great learning opportunity for all dairy goat enthusiasts.

Tentatively, August 17th will be the Beginner Cheesemaking class with an Advanced class set for October 19th. We’re still working on a soapmaking class. Locations have yet to be determined. Don’t forget our annual conference. Details coming soon.


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9:57 AM on April 10, 2020