Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Chico State's sheep and goat day draws hundreds

From the California State University-Chico College of Agriculture:

California State University, Chico College of Agriculture hosted Sheep and Goat Educational Day and Sale on Feb. 12 at the University Farm.
The day included educational workshops, a trade show and a sale of lambs and goats.

“More than 550 guests attended the Sheep and Goat Educational Day, making it one of the largest in attendance the event has had,” said Celina Johnson, an assistant professor of animal science.

The educational workshops included nutrition, reproduction, project kid and lamb selection, lamb and meat goat showmanship, lamb and meat goat fitting and a California State Fair Quality Assurance Program. Participants were able to attend up to four workshops.

CSU, Chico Stock Dog Association demonstrated herding sheep with their dogs.

After the workshops were over, attendees were given the opportunity to purchase lambs and goats for their own fair projects. The sale featured 10 meat goat wethers and 60 club lambs, including 10 lambs raised by the CSU, Chico Sheep and Goat Unit. The lambs’ sale price averaged $330 and the goats’ price averaged $280.

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