Monday, August 18, 2014

Southwest Missouri Goat and Sheep Browsing and Grazing Academy is Sept. 12-13 in Neosho

Contact: Dr. Jodie A. Pennington, region small ruminant educator
Headquartered at Newton County Extension Center, Neosho, Mo.
Tel: (417) 455-9500

NEOSHO, Mo. -- The 2014 “Southwest Missouri Goat and Sheep Browsing and Grazing Academy” will be held at the Crowder College Agriculture Department in Neosho on Sept. 12-13.  The conference starts at 2 p.m. on Friday and ends at 4 p.m. on Saturday.

“This workshop is for both beginning and experienced sheep and goat producers that want to use browse or management intensive grazing on their farm or ranch,” Dr. Jodie Pennington, small ruminant educator with Lincoln University Extension. “Attendees will receive hands-on training in allocation of browse and forages for feeding and methods to maintain a healthy, sustainable group of animals.”

Topics to be covered at the academy include fencing, waterers, calculation and allocation of sheep and goats to a specific amount of land, soil fertility, management intensive grazing, brush nutrition and supplementation, herd health management, business planning, contract grazing forages, livestock guardian dogs, browsing plans, and FAMACHA and body condition scoring.

Featured speakers include Dr. Steve Hart from Langston University, Langston, OK,  along with speakers from Lincoln University Cooperative Extension, Crowder College, University of Missouri Extension, NRCS, and a panel of area producers.

The cost for the workshop is $45 per person and includes two meals, a manual of browsing and grazing materials, a FAMACHA card, and numerous educational handouts.

Preregistration with payment is required by Sept. 9 and checks or money orders should be made payable to Lincoln University Cooperative Extension or LUCE.

To register, of for more information, contact Vonna Kesel at (573) 681-5312, email or Jodie Pennington at (417) 455-9500, email

For hotel reservations, contact: Big Spring Lodge, 1870 Southern View Drive, Neosho at   (417) 455-2300.  A block of 15 rooms is reserved under:”Browsing Academy” at $65 plus taxes per night.  Reservations for the conference or motel should be made by Monday, September 8.


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