Goats will be the subject of a two-day workshop presented by two Washington State University animal experts April 23-24 in Port Hadlock in Jefferson County.
WSU Cowlitz County Extension Director Gary Fredricks said he hoped the 12 hours of instruction will be useful to goat owners and people thinking about raising goats.
“I think we’ll have people at all levels. I like to believe we’ll have stuff at all levels, he said.
Fredricks and WSU Northwest Livestock and Dairy Regional Specialist Susan Kerr have co-presented goat workshops before, but not for several years. The last workshop attracted 21 people, Fredricks said.
He said he expects most who attend will be interested in raising goats as a hobby, though others may raise, or eventually raise, goats for milk or meat.
“Goat is a pretty tasty dish,” Fredricks said.
As a smaller animal, goats are less of an investment than cows and easy to work with, he said. “Goats are very personable.”
Much of the workshop will be on subjects related to caring for goats economically.
“I think foremost everybody wants to have a healthy goat,” Fredricks said. “And then it helps if you don’t have to spend a whole lot of money on it.”
After classroom instruction on the second day, participants will go to a farm in nearby Chimacum for hands-on training on tasks such as hoof trimming and tube feeding .
“If you’ve never done it, it’s hard to have someone just tell you about it, and then do it on your own,” Fredricks said.
Topics Fredricks and Kerr will talk about reproduction and kidding, nutrition and pasture, milking and mastitis, and health and disease.
Fredricks said there will be time to ask questions.
The cost is $40 per person. The workshop will be at the WSU Jefferson County Extension classroom, 97 Oak Bay Road, Port Hadlock. For more information and to register go online to goatintensive.brownpapertickets.com