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.