Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
The Minnesota Meat Goat Producers, the University of Minnesota Extension, and the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture are pleased to bring you the Fourth Annual All Goat Expo. The Expo will be held at the Stearns County fairgrounds in Sauk Centre Saturday-Sunday, May 3-4. Saturday, May 3, the day will be devoted to educational topics. Sandra Solaiman, author of "Simply Meat Goats" and Director of Small Ruminant Research in the Caprine Research Unit at Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Alabama, will give an in-depth presentation on meat goats' mineral needs and overall health tips. Vern Thorp, Windrush Farms, Oskaloosa, IA, will give a presentation on fitting and preparing goats for the show ring. Doug Glosser, American Boer Goat Association (ABGA) sanctioned judge, Blakesburg, Iowa, will explain how to show meat goats and what a judge looks for in both conformation and showmanship competition. Brenda Postels, Wright County Extension Educator, will offer FAMACHA training, which is a method used to monitor and control parasite loads in sheep and goats. Cost for the clinic, which includes lunch, is $40 per adult; $25 for ages 17 and under, if registered by April 30. Add $5 if registering after April 30. Sunday May 4, is FREE to the public and features an ABGA-Sanctioned Meat Goat Show. Official judge for the show is Doug Glosser, Blakesburg, Iowa. The show includes classes for junior and senior does and bucks for junior exhibitors as well as an open show. Wethers will be weighed and shown by weight class. Premiums paid to fifth place in individual classes. Entries must be in place by April 15. In addition to the show, there will be vendors, demonstrations, "Fun with your Goat" obstacle course, photo contest, and private treaty pen sale. The pen sale is open to any meat goat producer.
For more information, call Heidi Greniger at (320) 963-5430 or go to