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2012 Missouri Livestock Symposium Includes Topics of Interest for Sheep and Meat Goat Producers

2012 Missouri Livestock Symposium Includes Topics of Interest for Sheep and Meat Goat
The Missouri Livestock Symposium has announced their Sheep and Meat Goat Section Speakers and Topics for 2012. The program will be held December 7-8 with all of the sheep and meat goat programs held on December 8th. The Missouri Livestock Symposium is held in Kirksville, Missouri at the Kirksville Middle School. The event also features an agriculture-related trade show, a classic tractor display, a free beef dinner on Friday night at 6:00 p.m. and a free Governor’s Style Luncheon on Saturday at noon. There is no pre-registration or registration required and there is no cost to attend. Nationally known speakers on equine, beef cattle, forages, stock dogs and more are also a part of the Symposium and program details may be found at or by calling Garry Mathes at 660-341-6625 or the Adair County Extension Center at 660-665-9866. You can also email Bruce Lane at (and put MLS in the subject line).
According to Garry L. Mathes, Chair of the Missouri Livestock Symposium Planning Committee, the 2012 Sheep and Meat Goat programs on Saturday, December 8th include the following: Dr. Gary Snowder from the University of Nevada at Reno will speak on “Can Selection Reduce Disease?”; Dr. Brian Faris of Kansas State will give two talks—one on “Selecting Ewes that Reduce Labor” and a second on “Why Hairsheep are Becoming Popular”; Stan Potratz of Washington, Iowa, will address “The Sheep Economy,” while Dr. Dan Morrical of Iowa State University talks on “Nutrients that Effect Baby Lamb Survival” and “Thinking Outside the Flock.”
In the Meat Goat Section producer John Kirchoff from Missouri speaks on “Raising Meat Goats: A Producer’s Perspective.” Veterinarian John Middleton will talk about “Thin Goat Syndrome” and identifying the culprits while Dr. Brian Vander Ley, also from Missouri’s School of Veterinary Medicine will address “Urinary Tract Problems, Treatment and Prevention” in goats. Dr. Brian Faris will talk about the “Profit Potential Through Crossbreeding” and Dr. Dan Morrical rounds out the goat program when he discusses “Feeding Meat Goats.”
Hours for the 2012 Missouri Livestock Symposium are 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm on Friday, December 7th and from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday, December 8th. In addition to the free beef dinner at 6:00 pm on Friday night and the free trade show, Tony Clayton of Clayton Agri-Marketing, will be the keynote speaker when he talks on “Livestock Exports and the Effect on U.S. Agriculture.”
Mathes also points out that other talks of interest to both sheep and meat goat producers can be found in the Forages and Stock Dog Sections of the Symposium. Bob Johnson of Tingley, Iowa, gives three talks on working dogs including “Getting the Right Start,” “Basics of Training,” and “Advanced Training.”
Go to for the full program lineup or to get additional information on all of the speakers.
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