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Monday, October 12, 2009

UWP contributes to statewide dairy goat events

PLATTEVILLE - The University of Wisconsin-Platteville will host a public reception on Friday, Oct. 30 in conjunction with a series of educational events through the Wisconsin Dairy Goat Association. The UWP reception, a field day in Monroe and a conference in Sinsinawa will be available for dairy goat producers and processors, educators, leaders and anyone interested in the dairy goat cheese industry to attend.

Alice in Dairyland Cheryl O'Brien and cheese makers will be at a public reception from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the University Rooms at the Pioneer Student Center on the UWP campus. Tickets are $5, available in advance at the Driftless Market, 95 W. Main St., Platteville, or at the door. Goat cheeses and goat meat hors d'oeuvres will be served.

The field day will be held on Saturday, Oct. 17, at the Laura and Antony Jay farm, W4282 Schutt Lane, Monroe, beginning at 9 a.m. The Jays have 160 milking does and also raise vegetables for farmers markets. The field day will feature a tour of the farm, including a new barn added last fall. Brodhead veterinarian Chris Duemler will discuss parasites in goats, and Laura Jay will explain her observation and testing procedures to manage milk quality. Admission is free, but advance registration is recommended. Attendees can bring their own lunch to picnic or buy lunch at the farm, and are encouraged to bring a folding chair.

"Focus on Goats: A Conference in the Heart of the Nation's Dairy Goat Industry" will be held from Friday, Oct. 30 through Saturday, Oct. 31 at Sinsinawa Conference Center, 585 County Road Z, Sinsinawa, with information for beginning and experienced farmers. The cost of the conference is $30 per person for one day or $55 per person for both days until Thursday, Oct. 15. After Oct. 15, the cost will be $40 for one day or $65 for two days. A block of rooms has been reserved for the conference at Country Inn and Suites in Platteville. Individuals can mention the conference when reserving a room to get a special rate.

Conference highlights include a keynote address by master cheesemaker Sid Cook of Carr Valley Cheese in Fennimore, several farmer panels and presentations by experts on goat health, nutrition, kid care, profitability, record keeping, milk quality and money-making tips. The conference also features a cheesemaking workshop (limited numbers), vendor show and select buck and doe sale.

Registration is available online at under online services. Organizers of the conference are the Wisconsin Dairy Goat Association and Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. Other sponsors include the Dairy Business Innovation Center, Cargill, Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association, Coburn Co., BC USA Inc., Nelson-Jameson, National Livestock Producers Association Sheep and Goat Fund, Quality Dairy Goat Producers Cooperative of Wisconsin, AgSource Cooperative Resources, The Scharine Group Inc. and Badgerland Farm Credit, with in-kind support by UWP.

For more information or to register, contact Jeanne Meier of the Wisconsin Dairy Goat Initiative at or (608) 224-5121.

Contact: Jeanne Meier, Wisconsin Dairy Goat Initiative, (608) 224-5121, Written by: Anne Killian, UWP Office of Public Relations, (608) 342-1194,

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