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August 31, 2005

Sheep, goat roundup draws 150


About 150 North Carolina goat and sheep producers, many of them new to the industry, participated recently in the two-day North Carolina Goat and Sheep Producers Roundup. The roundup, sponsored by North Carolina Cooperative Extension, was held at the Wake Commons Conference Center and Oakview Farm in Raleigh. The event, the first of its kind, will be repeated in two years, according to organizer Martha Mobley, agricultural agent from Franklin County. The roundup included workshops on a variety of topics, including hoof trimming, disease and parasite management, predator control and marketing. Goat production has increased greatly in recent years as immigrants to the state bring an appetite for the meat. From 2000 to 2004, the number of goats sold for meat in North Carolina increased from 180,000 to 232,000, according to N.C. State meat goat specialist Jean-Marie Luginbuhl. (Photo by Becky Kirkland)

Posted by Natalie at August 31, 2005 10:02 AM