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Oklahoma Meat Goat Boot Camp. Situation Producers started coming to OSU Extension for information about meat goat production. Many were small first time livestock producers with little or no livestock production background. Solution Oklahoma Meat Goat Boot Camp. Results. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • Oklahoma Meat Goat Boot CampSituationProducers started coming to OSU Extension for information about meat goat production.Many were small first time livestock producers with little or no livestock production background.SolutionOklahoma Meat Goat Boot CampResultsImpactsCompleted 7 workshops with 369 participants from 25 states.TopicsTagging, Castration, Hoof Trimming, Aging, Fecal Egg Counts, FAMACHA, Herd Health, Ration Balancing, Farm Business Planning, Forage Planning, Reproduction, Pregnancy Testing, Tattooing, Fencing, Forage Testing, and more. We also tour a goat operation.The Boot Camp is a three day workshop that uses a mixture of hands-on and classroom exercises to teach producers about meat goat production.Cost $100 and class size is limited to 50 producers.Different production practices are demonstrated on live goats by the instructors.Participants are then encouraged to perform the same practice on a goat.Participants can also come back during free time for more practice.In the classroom instructors provide short presentations followed by exercises.Participants are then put into small groups to work on the exercises.Groups are brought back together to discuss the exercises.First extension meeting attended68.5%Adoption rate of recommended practices69.8%Change in knowledge gained37.9%Estimated total value of workshops$810,000Comments from ParticipantsI loved it and I hope that there will be more because I personally learned more in three days than I ever knew about goats.I am leaving this program full of excitement and motivated to have the best operation that I can afford.It has helped me decide if I want to go into the goat business.Instructors show how to band a male goat kid.Two participants practice tubing a goat.A small group works on the forage exercise.An instructor helps participants with fecal egg counts.In the FutureWith a grant from Southern Region RME Center video presentations of boot camp sessions are being created.Videos will be presented on OSU Meat Goat websitehttp://meatgoat.okstate.edu

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