Cornell University will be hosting the 2012 Cornell Sheep and Goat Symposium on Friday, Oct. 26 and Saturday, Oct. 27.
The "Pre-symposium Hands-on Activities" will take place at the Cornell Sheep Farm in Harford, N.Y., from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday. Prospective or novice sheep and goat owners will learn how to trim hooves, administer vaccinations, eartag and tattoo. Body condition and FAMACHA scoring skills will be practiced and sheep and goats will be available for practical experience. General management, choosing a breed, evaluating animals for soundness and productivity, hay evaluation, pasture management and a tour of the sheep farm will round out the day. Some activities have size limitations so early registration is advised.
The Saturday symposium will be held at Morrison Hall on the Cornell Campus. Steve Hart, Ph.D., from the American Institute for Goat Research will be the guest speaker and will discuss "What's New in Parasite Management." He will also lead a FAMACHA certification program. Workshops on dairy sheep and goats, meat enterprises and fiber production will be held. Speakers will include researchers and grazing consultants as well as several New York farmers and extension educators with extensive hands-on experience raising small ruminants.
Information about the symposium schedule, registration fees and housing is available on the web at www.sheep.cornell.edu and http://www.ansci.cornell.edu/goats.