Friday, January 11, 2013

Upcoming Events!!

There's TONS going on around the North Country this spring in regards to goats and other livestock. Here's a sample:

Schedule for Adirondack Goat Club events: 
To get on the email list for the ADK Goat Club, please contact Rose Bartiss at

1/26/13 - ADK Goat Club general meeting -- Free! Potluck lunch, please bring food to share. We will talk about getting ready for kidding and getting ready for spring. All are welcome! Email (Rose Bartiss) for directions and to RSVP. Location: Rose's farm in Vermontville, NY

4/6/13 (tentative) - Fecal Sampling and FAMACHA Certification Workshop --at Paul Smith's College. Coordinated by the Cornell Cooperative Extension Sheep and Goat program. Lecture on parasite management, learn to use a microscope to do fecal samples at home, become certified to use the official FAMACHA score card. Pre-registration required. Open to all goat and sheep owners in the North Country. There will be a fee for the workshop and for lunch. Stay tuned for more details.

Schedule for the St. Lawrence County Cornell Cooperative Extension in Canton, NY:
To get on the email list for the Cornell Cooperative Extension Sheep and Goat program, please contact Betsy Hodge at

Beef Discussion Group – January 30th at 7 pm at the Extension Learning Farm.  Lynn Fountain, lawyer, will be the guest speaker.  Everyone welcome.

Strategic Marketing Course for Livestock Farmers - February 5, 12 and 19th - $30.00 per farm – See article.  Pre-registration required. Extension Learning Farm

North Country Pasture Meeting –Friday evening February 22nd, Copenhagen (Ron Kuck 788-8450 or and Saturday February 23rd 10:30 am Malone 911 Building, Bare Hill Rd.  Jenn Colby, Pasture Program Coordinator for the UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture, break-out sessions for sheep and diary, reports on some North Country farm trials.  Contact Betsy Hodge at 315-379-9192 or $30.00.

Sheep and Goat 101 – Saturday March 9th, 10:00-3:00, A beginners basics course for those new to sheep and goats or wanting to get started in sheep and goats.  Lectures and hands on activities.  Kids and families welcome.  $10.00 per person or $20.00 per family.  Please register with the office – pay at the door.

Spring Beef Week – March 12-16th – March 14th in St. Lawrence County, Cooperative Extension Learning Farm, Canton at 6:30 pm.  Carol Gillis from the Beef Industry Council talking about what consumers want and Mike Baker on smart bull selection to produce quality beef.  $5.00 Contact Betsy Hodge 315-379-9192 or Available in other counties during the week.

Pre-season training for Direct Marketers – March 23rd – Food Safety for different venues and marketing channels.  Insurance – do you need it and what kind do you need.  Save the day! More details coming.

Bed & Breakfast Owners Guide to Working with Local Farmers – April 11, 1-4pm Extension Learning Farm.  We are looking for farmers interested in working with B & B owners and vice versa.  Most details coming.  Save the Date!

Schedule for Ward Lumber Educational Workshops and Seminars in Jay, NY:
To get on the email list for Ward Lumber please visit

2/19/13 - Equine Night 6:30pm - 9pm. Free! Pizza and refreshments provided. Guest speaker: Stephen Duran from Performance Horse Nutrition. Go to for more information and to RSVP.

2/26/13 (tentative) - Swine Night 

4/2/13 (tentative) - Poultry Night

June 2013 - Chicken Harvest Workshop

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Next meeting

I am currently looking for volunteers to host the next ADK Goat Club meeting in January or February. Let me know if you are interested.