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Saturday, June 27, 2009

North Carolina Goat & Sheep Producers Roundup III

On August 14 and 15 at the Guilford County Extension Center in Greensboro, NC, the North Carolina Goat and Sheep Producers Roundup III will be held. There are programs for adults and youth. These Roundups are held every two years and I have attended since the beginning. The first Roundup was held in Raleigh and the second in Sanford, NC. Each Roundup has different topics on goats and sheep with different speakers. For those of you who are wanting to taste some chevon and lamb prepared by some of the best chefs in NC, this is for you. On Friday, August 14, the NC Chef Chevon and Lamb Cook-Off will be held. Participants of the Roundup will be eatting their dishes for lunch and voting for the best. The Top NC Chef awards for chevon and lamb will be presented during the Roundup. To see a brouchure for the Roundup and for a registration form, go to or, contact Martha Mobley, Extension Agent, Agriculture, Franklin County Center at 919.496.3344. This seminar is geared mainly toward meat goats and sheep. However, topics of utilizing forages on small acreages, weed ID, poisonous plants, parasite control, hoof trimming, performing fecal egg counts, fence building, etc. applies to the dairy goat industry as well. Also you can complete the FAMACHA Certification Program at NC A&T at their Small Ruminant Research Unit. Dairy goat showmanship will be taught to the youth on Saturday, August 15, by Ruth Weaver of Pittsboro. Hope to see you there!

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