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Tuskegee University Goat Day set for Saturday

TUSKEGEE, Ala. – The 2008 Tuskegee University Goat Day activities will be held Saturday on campus and at the farm research facility in the city. The annual event is sponsored by the College of Agricultural, Environmental and Natural Sciences.

Activities include presentations on breeding, alternative feeding, animal/premise ID and more. Workshops will demonstrate artificial insemination, end-product meat tasting with recipes, inter-seeding legumes in the pasture, pasture management with hay ride, and routine management practices. According to Sandra Solaiman, professor of Animal and Poultry Sciences at Tuskegee, the event is very timely.

“The goat industry is one of the fastest-growing animal industries in the U.S.,” said Solaiman, who is also director of the Small Ruminant Research Program, affiliated with the George Washington Carver Agriculture and Experiment Station. “Our workshops and state-of-the art knowledge will benefit both goat enthusiasts and the general public.”

Solaiman said the program has been in existence for decades, and has grown from “ten farmers in one room” to over 200 people attending each year. Activities are from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will be held in the Veterinary Medicine School on campus (Patterson Hall) and the Caprine Research and Education Unit. For more information and to register, contact Sibyl Caldwell at 334-725-2346. The fee is $15 for adults and free for children under 12. Lunch is included in registration.