Kansas's best-known livestock product is beef, but it has a growing share of sheep and goat producers as well. Next month, Kansas State University will provide an educational event for those growers.
The Sheep and Goat Conference planned for Nov. 4-6 in Manhattan will have information for veteran producers as well as those new to the industry.
"Our goal is to educate sheep and goat producers on current industry practices and trends, and to provide an introduction for producers who are new to the respective industries," said Brian Faris, sheep and meat goat specialist with K-State Research and Extension.
The conference begins with registration from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4, and the formal program will start at 1 p.m. The conference ends at noon on Sunday.
Friday general sessions include Market Animal Evaluation and Breeding Animal Evaluation for both species, concluding with dinner and entertainment.
Saturday's presentations include: Commercial Cross-Breeding Programs; Multi-Species Grazing; Predator Management and Guardian Dogs; Common Diseases and Abortion Storm Prevention and Treatment; Managing Internal and External Parasites; Use of Distiller's Grains in Sheep and Goat Diets; Fencing and Facilities; Reproductive Management and New Technologies; Disbudding, Hoof Trimming and Tattooing; and More than Meat: Milk, Cheese, Dips and More.
The Sunday presentations include: Marketing Value-Added Lamb/Chevron Products and Carcass Evaluation.
The fee for the full conference is $100 per primary registrant if paid by Oct. 15; $150 after that date. Additional participants from the same family can attend for $75 if paid by Oct. 15 or $100 after that date. The fee includes all conference materials, refreshments at breaks, Friday night dinner and entertainment, Saturday breakfast coffee and donuts, lunch and dinner. Also available is the option to register for Friday only at $60 per primary registrant if paid by Oct. 15; $70 after that date.