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Jackson 4-H Hosts Goat Nutrition and Health Workshop


The Jackson County 4-H program offered a one-day workshop on goat nutrition and health on July 13th at the Jackson County Ag Complex on Penn Avenue. This informative program was designed to educate youth and adults in the area of goat health and nutrition and was sponsored in part by Jeffers Pet in Dothan, Alabama. Jeffers supplied take-home items and supplies for a “goat emergency kit” that was given away at the conclusion of the workshop.

Goat Emergency Kit courtesy of Jeffers Pet.
Special guests: Twin Boer/Nubian/Kiko x does owned by Angel Granger


Guest speakers Angela McKenzie-Jakes and Dr. Robert Purvis, DVM from the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Research Farm were present to provide information and answer questions on selection, housing, marketing, nutrition and overall animal health. Other topics included toxin identification, emergency care and how to prepare a “goat emergency kit”.

FAMU Goat Specialist Angela Jakes-McKenzie discussing goat production tips.
FAMU Veterinarian Dr. Robert Purvis, DVM, discusses importance of nutrition in goat health.
4-H Agent Angel Granger discusses toxic plants and shrubs.
Also present was Flint River Mills (FRM) representative Amanda Murphy who spoke with younger participants about show feeds and show-ring ethics.

Representatives from the Jackson and Gadsden Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Tom Batey and Rachelanne Cleveland were on hand to help producers with questions regarding their goat operations, as was Environmental Consultant Kathryn Holland with the Office of Agricultural Water Policy, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Future workshops regarding goat production and health are planned. For more information regarding goats or other 4-H programs, please contact Angel Granger, Jackson County 4-H Agent at (850) 482-9620 or amgranger@ufl.edu.



Posted: August 15, 2017

Category: 4-H & Youth, Livestock

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