ASU Hosting Goat Conference
July 15, 2013
In partnership with the American Boer Goat Association (ABGA), Angelo State University’s Department of Agriculture will host the 2013 Junior American Boer Goat Association Youth Leadership Conference on campus July 21-25.
The 17 students and seven chaperones from Texas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, California, Washington, Florida, Illinois, Arkansas, and Virginia will attend educational sessions on topics ranging from herd health, management and nutrition to reproduction and parasite management. Hands-on activities will include meat harvesting and fabrication, artificial insemination and ultrasound.
Activities will be centered at ASU’s Management, Instruction and Research Center, commonly called the ASU Ranch, located just north of San Angelo off U.S. 87 and Grape Creek Road. Participants, who will stay at the Carr Hall Conference Center on campus, will also attend a mock goat sale at Producer’s Livestock Auction, where they will select and buy a goat to be processed and prepared for dinner Thursday night. They will also participate in a Quiz Bowl competition and be responsible for putting together a management presentation based on their knowledge obtained throughout the week.
This is the first time the San Angelo-based ABGA has held the youth conference at ASU. ABGA, the largest Boer goat registry in the world, was founded in 1993 to record, promote and protect the American Boer goat breed.