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Forum for Rural Innovation: Meat Production with Goat and Sheep in the Mid-Atlantic Turn Grass into $’s

Livestock Update, September 2006

CONTACT: Gary W. Hornbaker or Corey Childs

A third learning opportunity sponsored by the Forum for Rural Innovation will be held Friday, October13, 2006 at the Best Western Lee-Jackson Motor Inn & Conference Center in Winchester, Virginia..  Meat Production with Goat and Sheep in the Mid-Atlantic is an extension of a session offered at the March 10th Forum.  In fact, the Forum has invited back Dr. David Redwine of the Scott County Hair Sheep Association to highlight a very successful model that is affecting producers in several states.

Can this model be duplicated in the Mid-Atlantic Region?  What successes can be found in the area?  Are there already organizations in place that can provide a structure for growth of sheep and goat production?  What is the economic potential for sheep and goats in this region?

These and other questions will be addressed during this six hour seminar.  There will also be an opportunity to discuss what additional educational and organizational opportunities are needed to “grow” the sheep and goat industry in the Mid-Atlantic Region.

Local businesses who provide supplies and services to this industry will be on hand to provide additional insight to established or potential producers.

The purpose of the Forum is to showcase replicable innovative ideas, projects or programs that enhance farm or rural business profitability, conserve farm land and natural resources, or develop new approaches to rural prosperity that are viable in an expensive farmland-upscale consumer environment.

The Forum will feature a series of presentations, to detail the potential of small ruminants and address several of the essentials for getting started in production.

Forum topics will include:

In addition, exhibits by agricultural suppliers, businesses, and support agencies will be featured the entire day. Area agricultural businesses are encouraged to participate with exhibits and displays.

A registration fee of $30.00 per person will include the forum program, morning refreshments, and buffet lunch.  Registration information is available on-line at  or by calling Craig Yohn at 304-728-7413, ext. 2.  Pre-registration by October 3rd is required.

The Forum for Rural Innovation is a cooperative educational effort by the offices of Cooperative Extension and Agricultural Economic Development in Loudoun, Fauquier, Clarke, and Frederick counties of Virginia, and Jefferson and Berkeley counties, West Virginia, and the Potomac Headwaters RC&D.


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