Last week, I posted a flyer about a field day that was being held in Amite, LA. We were able to attend and I must say, we had a great time! It's always so nice to catch up with fellow goat friends and of course, make new ones. The first part of the day was held at the LSU AgCenter.
There were several topics presented the first part of the day. Our first speaker was Roberta Mckowen, DVM. Her session was focused around the priority pyramid that's in the background of this photo.
I took another pic a little closer, because I really agreed with the pyramid........especially the bottom/first priority being knowledge. Shane and I had read/gathered as much information as we could before we purchased our first goats. We even visited other farms and talked with several goat ranchers before we dove off into the adventure of raising goats. Even though we've been raising goats for several years now, we are still learning.
There were also presentations from a Sweetlix representative regarding mineral nutrition for goats. It was very informative! It's amazing the decrease in issues with your herd's performance when proper mineral supplementation is practiced. Minerals play a very important part in their overall health, which is true with any other livestock.
While we were in sessions, Mr. Mike Kimball was busy preparing goat jambalaya for us to enjoy. He had a specific method to his system. I was very impressed with his set up. You can tell he's done this more than a time or two.
|Mike's world famous goat jambalya in the making|
|Dillon getting to help Mr. Mike out|
I will say, I've tried goat meat prepared many different ways. This was THE BEST I've ever eaten. The flavor was perfect! I'm telling you, if you don't think you would like goat meat, you should definitely try his jambalaya. It was out of this world good! I don't know if his recipe is top secret, or if he has any special ingredients. Maybe I can get him to give me the recipe to share on the blog :)
|Everyone enjoying the good food|
After lunch, we all loaded up and headed out to Nic Girgenti's farm.
They put a few goats in the working pen and if anyone was interested they were able to see how FAMACHA checks are done with the goats. Earlier in the day, Dr. Jim Miller, DVM did an excellent presentation on parasite management. FAMACHA checks is one of the best methods to use when it comes to parasite management!
If you'll notice, they had some very nice equipment to use to handle the goats. The equipment can be such a lifesaver! I do remember a time when we caught up goats using our two running feet and only a lasso and leg crook.....long story there, but I will tell you herding them up with the dog and having a head gate is AH-MAZING compared to the previous method :)
|Getting the goat in the head gate|
In the photo below, Nic is showing how to hold the goats eyelids in order to see the mucous membranes to check for anemia (which is most often caused by the Barber pole worm; Haemonchus contortus )
|Nic demonstrating how to check for anemia using FAMACHA method|
|Mr. Mike opening the side gate to let the doe back to the pasture|