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EXTENSION OVERVIEW Dr Terry A Gipson Interim Goat Extension Leader Introduction The year 2001 was a busy one for the Langston Goat Extension program The goat extension specialists have answered innumerable producer requests for goat production and product information via the telephone letters and e mail have given numerous presentations at several state regional national and international goat conferences for potential novice and veteran goat producers and have produced a quarterly newsletter They have also been busy with several major extension activities These activities include the annual Goat Field Day Langston Goat Dairy Herd Improvement DHI Program grazing demonstrations the fifth annual meat buck performance test and various goat workshops on artificial insemination and internal parasite control Goat Field Day Last April 28 Langston held its sixteenth annual Goat Field Day to inform and educate potential novice and veteran goat producers The theme of the Goat Field Day was Goats in the Twenty First Century with nearly 200 participants attending For the morning session Dr Rick Machen of the Texas Agricultural Extension Service and based in Uvalde TX discussed the future of the meat goat industry and Dr Grant Tomita of Langston University discussed the impact of mastitis Afternoon Workshops included 1 Meat Goat Production Elements Essential for Long Term Success by Dr Rick Machen 2 Detection and Diagnosis of Mastitis by Dr Grant Tomita 3 DHI Overview and Tester Training by Mr Tim McKinney 4 Types of Fencing for Goats by Mr Jerry Hayes 5 International Goat Activities by Dr Roger Merkel 6 Basic Goat Husbandry by Dr Lionel Dawson 7 Nutrition for Meat Goat Production by Dr Steve Hart 8 Predator Control Measures by Mr Kevin Grant of USDA APHIS and 9 Cheesemaking by Ms Sara Bolton Ms Gretchen Stolfo of PureLuck Texas Mr Tim McKinney supervised the youth program in the morning Goat DHI Laboratory The Langston Goat Dairy Herd Improvement DHI Program housed at the dairy



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