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TUSKEGEE UNIVERSITY ANNUAL GOAT DAY

April 17, 2021
8:30am - 3:30pm.

THEME: “Goat Meat Processing: From Fabrication to Product Development”

About Goat Day

For more than 100 years Tuskegee University (TU) has played a leading role in agriculture and goat production and has been considered as a resource for small and minority farmers involved in goat production.  The Annual Goat Day is an interactive, community driven activity in which producers and goat enthusiast are introduced to the world of ruminant husbandry by industry leaders and specialist.

In conjunction with the Tuskegee University Caprine Research and Education team, and selected contributors and experts throughout the country provide lectures and hands-on training on herd health, marketing, nutrition and pasture management, bio-security, bio-terrorism awareness, quality assurance, disaster preparedness, reproductive management and much, much more.

Interested in finding out the latest trends in the goat industry? Then the Annual Goat Day held at Tuskegee University is the event for you. Goat Day features presentation of cutting edge research performed in the goat industry as well as a roundtable discussion of the current trends, challenges, and opportunities of the industry. Following the morning presentations, various field day activities are available to provide a hands-on experience in topics discussed in the morning sessions in addition to access to novel goat foods and products.

This year's  Annual Goat Day will will be held on Saturday, April 17, 2021 rom 8:30am - 3:30 pm.  The theme of this year’s Goat Day is "Goat Meat Processing: From Fabrication to Product Development”.  The featured speakers include Dr. Derris Devost-Burnett from Mississippi State University, Dr. Jason Sawyer of Auburn University, Auburn Alabama and Dr. Clarissa M. Harris of University of Florida. Topics of the Goat Day include Meat Chemistry and Cuisine: Understanding the ABC’s of Goat Meat Fabrication and Cookery; Meat Goat Processing and Packaging: Opportunities for Improving Availability in a Retail Setting; and  Understanding the Critical Control Points and the Application of Antimicrobials in a Goat Meat Facility. These speakers have many years of experience in different aspects of meat science. Further, Dr. Gurung, Director of the TU Caprine Research and Education Unit, will provide an update on the status of goat research and extension/outreach activities at the unit. Brady Ragland, Director, Alabama Meat Goat & Sheep Producers (Meat Goat & Sheep Division of Alabama Farmers Federation), will moderate the roundtable discussion that will feature sustainable goat production practices, challenges, and opportunities in meat goat production. The afternoon will be cooking demonstration of goat meat from Mississippi State University (attendees will be able to livestream the demonstration).

For more information contact Dr. Nar Gurung at 334-727-8457 or 334-421-8620 or email at ngurung@tuskegee.edu. Contact Russell Johnson at 334-450-3990 or  Email: rljbull01@gmail.com

Program overview

Tuskegee University Annual Goat Day is held annually on the third Saturday in April from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.  The theme of the Goat Day is usually designed to focus on ongoing problems of the producers and covers subjects ranging from nutrition, reproduction, and health, to marketing and enterprise budgeting. Depending on the selected theme, experienced speakers are invited throughout the nation to present topics related to the theme of the day. An essential component of the Goat Day is the Producer’s Panel where producers share their successes and failures with others. The afternoon sessions are hands-on sessions where producers learn how to evaluate an animal, do fecal egg counts and pasture management, etc. 

Agenda At-A-Glance

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Program Contact

Dr. Nar Gurung, Lead Program Coordinator
Tuskegee University
Caprine Research and Education Unit
Tuskegee, Al  36088
Tel: (334) 727-8457
Cell: 334-421-8620
Fax: (334) 722-8552
E-mail: ngurung@tuskegee.edu.

Erin Gary, Graduate Student Program Coordinator
Tuskegee University
Department of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences
Tuskegee, Al  36088
E-mail: egary9084@tuskegee.edu

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