HSGA Annual Meeting — November 9-10, 2012 — Kahua Ranch, Big Island

by HI-GLC on September 18, 2012

FOCUS: Grazing Management for Healthy and Productive Pastures & Animal and Herd Health Management

The Hawaii Sheep and Goat Association’s Annual Meeting and the Hawaii GLCI, in partnership with USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, are offering a 2-day event featuring Charley Orchard (Land EKG) and Dr. Elizabeth Hamilton (Veterinary Associates).

On November 9, Charley Orchard will teach a hands-on session on Grazing Management. Foundational grazing management topics will include:

  • Understand the building blocks of land/pasture systems.
  • Grazing purpose… learn your “why”.
  • Forage characteristics that affect animal performance.
  • Grazing impacts and effects.
  • Monitoring — count what counts.
  • Determining stocking rates and carrying capacities.
  • Forage selection by species.

Stimulating discussion and hands-on field exercises.

On November 10, Dr. Hamilton will cover Animal and Herd Health topics of specific interest here in Hawaii. Foundational animal/herd health topics will include:

  • Basic herd health practices.
  • Vaccination schedules.
  • Parasite prevention and treatment.
  • Lambing/Kidding problems.
  • Identifying common herd health issues and how to treat them.
  • When to call your vet!
  • Recordkeeping — why it’s important, and tools for making it easy!

When: Land EKG: Friday, November 9. Animal/Herd Health: Saturday, November 10.

Where: Both days are at Kahua Ranch, Big Island.

Cost: Registration for the 2-day workshop is $65/person, before October 12, 2012. Late registration is $75/person (after October 12). Current HSGA members qualify for either a free HSGA T-shirt or a $10 rebate at the door. Includes materials, beverages and lunch on both days.

To Register and Pay: Register by October 12, 2012. Call (808) 775-0401 or pay online via PayPal at www.hawaiisheepandgoat.com. Other types of payment are accepted via telephone. Space is limited. Sorry, but we are unable to accept payment at the door; you must pre-register.

What to Bring: One 5-gallon bucket per person (or a stool/chair); rain gear just in case, hiking footwear, paper/pencil, and a calculator.

Click to download the Workshop Flier.

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