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Goat Husbandry for the Backyard and the Small Producer

There are 1.4 billion goats being raised as livestock worldwide. That's just about equal to the number of cattle raised for livestock in the world. The big difference is that, while there is a growing trend towards ecologically responsible, grass-based cattle raising, many of the world's cattle are being raised in massive, factory farming style Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO's), or are being grazed on land that was recently cleared of forests (contributing to climate change). The vast majority of goats in the world are kept by families and small-scale producers. Why is this? It's because goats are less expensive and easier to keep than cattle. They have fewer health problems, eat less in proportion to body weight and, best of all, they're cool.

Come and receive an introduction about how to raise goats for milk, meat, fiber, weed control or simply companionship. Or, if you already have goats, come and share what you know and possibly learn new tricks. Whether you have just a small backyard or larger acreage, you could move a step closer to self-sufficiency by joining the world-wide goat rearing crowd.

This workshop will be given by Pine Meadow Farm Center goatherd Chrys Ostrander who has kept a small, personal flock of dairy goats for over ten years. We'll cover feed, housing and health maintenance. We'll do some hands on milking, hoof trimming and bloodless wethering (castrating males). Plus, you'll be able to spend the afternoon with Chrys' friendly goats. Children welcome too!

Cost: $20 per person (children 15 and under, accompanied by an adult, are $5). No one is turned away for lack of funds. We take cash, checks made out to Pine Meadow Farm Center, VISA, MasterCard, American Express and Discover.


Join us for a potluck lunch at noon if you want. Bring food to share and table settings for you and/or your group.

And don't forget: On Monday, May 6th, Tilth Producers of Washington will host a Farm Walk at Heron Pond Farm, a Grade A goat cheese dairy in Spokane. Here are the details:

6110 East Jamieson Road, Spokane, WA
Monday, May 6, 2013
Farm Walk 12:30-4:00 pm
Sign in 12:00 – 12:30 pm
Informal networking begins at 11:45
(Bring your own bag lunch)
Pre-registration encouraged
Spanish language interpretation available

Heron Pond Farms, LLC, located at the base of Tower Mountain in Spokane, WA, is a small, sustainable, family-owned farm providing quality artisan cheeses and heritage pork to local, discerning individuals, markets and restaurants . They are dedicated to humanely raising healthy, happy, hormone free, Dairy Goats and Large Black Hogs in a pasture-based setting that encourages the animals to behave naturally.  During this farm walk, visitors will have the opportunity learn what goes into creating a Grade A Dairy. See the operation starting from the milking room and ending at the cheese cave. Meet the happy goats and pigs that make Heron Pond Farms their home. Cheese tasting included.

Cost: $15 for Tilth Producer members, students and interns.
$25 for non-members.
$5 additional late fee for day-of registration.
Paid, pre-registration is recommended for all farm walks

Register: (206) 632-7506

April 27th, 2013 1:00 PM   to   4:00 PM

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