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July 17, 2008   Email to Friend 

SMALL RUMINANT CONFERENCE SET AUG. 22-23
Darryal Ray
(334) 613-4187
July 17, 2008

The conference is designed to educate sheep and goat producers on genetic and reproductive management issues that can affect productivity and profitability.
COLUMBIANA, Ala. -- Dr. Will Getz, an Extension animal scientist from Fort Valley State University, will discuss genetics that impact a sheep herd's quality when goat and sheep producers from throughout Alabama meet Aug. 22-23 at the second annual Conference on Small Ruminants.

Held at the Alabama 4-H Center in Columbiana, the conference is designed to educate sheep and goat producers on genetic and reproductive management issues that can affect small ruminant herd productivity and profitability in the Southeast.

Participants will also hear from Dr. Richard Browning, an associate professor at Tennessee State University, who will present the results of an evaluation study designed to assess meat goat performance. Dr. Terry A. Gipson, interim goat Extension leader at Langston University, will discuss the selection process for milk yield, fat and protein and the genetic parameters for these traits.

Other speakers and topics include Dr. James Morgan, president of the board of the National Sheep Improvement Program, on selecting superior meat sheep through performance and EPDs, and Dr. Maria Leite-Browning, an Extension animal scientist from Alabama A&M University, on reproductive management of sheep and goat herds.

There is no fee for the conference. Participants, however, are responsible for meals and lodging. For more information, visit www.aces.edu/urban or contact Dr. Maria Leite-Browning at (256) 372-4954.


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