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GARY COLEMAN


While their curiosity and mischievousness might present some unique management problems, goats are highly adaptable animals that can be integrated into livestock operations of any scale, according to Melanie Barkley and others.

During the past five years, the demand for goat meat, milk, cheese, soaps, candies and hides has steadily increased in the United States, along with the increase of ethnic and specialty markets. To learn more about meat goats, markets and forages, attend our Goat Management Seminar on Tuesday at the Edgefield County Extension Conference Room – 304 Gray St. in Edgefield.

Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service will conduct the one-day Goat Management workshop from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Edgefield County Clemson Extension Conference Room and a local farm in Edgefield.

The program will cover several important aspects of goat production:

-- Forage Systems For Goats

-- Forage Establishment

-- Goat Reproductive Cycle

-- Signs of Labor and Kidding

-- Castration

-- Hoof Issues and Trimming

-- Injections

-- Internal Parasites and using FAMACHA

Clemson speakers are:

-- Dr. Patty Sharko, Field Extension veterinarian

-- Brian Beer, Area Livestock and Forages agent

-- Lee Van Vlake, Area Livestock and Forages agent

-- Amber R. Starnes, Area Livestock and Forages agent

-- Gary J. Coleman, Area Livestock and Forages agent

The cost for the one-day seminar is $75. This includes a flash-drive containing copies of the presentation, fact sheets, lunch and refreshments. This program should prove beneficial to new and experienced goat owners.

Space is limited. Registration deadline is today.

Another upcoming program is a tree workshop Monday in Greenwood.

Join local Urban Tree Expert Jimmy Walters for a program on Urban Tree management of insects and diseases in a morning indoor session and an afternoon outdoor tree examination session. Morning session is 8 a.m.-non at the Arts Center Uptown and outdoor session is 1-3:45 p.m. Class is free, but space is limited. Contact Ann Barklow 864-344-0120 or annbarklow@embarqmail.com to reserve a space.

Gary Coleman is a Clemson Extension agent, livestock and forages. He can be reached at garyc@clemson.edu or call 864-223-3264.