How Now Backyard Cow (Goat and Sheep)! A 4-part workshop series on very small-scale backyard dairy management

Jan 28 – Feb 18, 2020
Tuesdays, 5:30pm – 8:00pm

This four-class series is for those interested in owning a dairy animal to provide milk for home use. If you currently have a milk cow (or goat or sheep) or are thinking about raising them, this program will help you with the basics on animal production and management. This class will not cover rules and regulations for selling milk or milk products.

Nutrition & Feeding (January 28): Feeding animals is usually the biggest expense in keeping them. We will cover nutrition and feeding of ruminant animals for milk production. Topics will include nutritional requirements of different life stages, basic pasture management, winter forages, and other diet components.

Facilities & Manure Management (February 4): We want facilities that keep animals healthy and that are functional for the manager. We’ll discuss bedding options, accommodating animal handling, and considerations for inclement weather. Manure (nutrients for soil!) needs to be handled using environmentally-friendly methods that enhance your property instead of polluting it. We’ll discuss manure storage and options for using the nutrients to enhance soil.

Milking & Milk Handling Procedures (February 11): If your goals include keeping your animal healthy and providing safe, high-quality milk for your family, you need to know about procedures that maintain udder health and human health.

Health & Reproduction (February 18): The health and reproduction of your animal are critical to not only maintain milk supply, but to ensure animal welfare and longevity. We’ll discuss vaccinations, parasite control, mastitis, reproductive management, and newborn care.

Livestock Guardian Dogs-using them effectively

As an introduction to livestock guardian dogs, this course will include where to find good information, how to get started with LGDs, and how to find a reputable breeder. You will learn general “rules” for training and keeping livestock guardian dogs, and effectively using LGDs against small and large predators. We will also look at recently completed research comparing various “new” breeds and their effectiveness against wolves. Speakers: Julie Young, Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Wildland Resources, Utah State University; and, Louise Liebenberg, a Livestock Guardian Dog expert, and owner of Predator Friendly Ranching.
Cost: $20.00 one/$30.00 two from the same farm. Register on line: http://bit.ly/JacksonSmallFarms

Livestock Guardian Dogs-using them effectively

Two expert speakers on ‘Using Livestock Guardian Dogs Effectively’. Livestock Guardian Dogs offer protection against small and large predators, including WOLVES!
As an introduction to livestock guardian dogs, this course will include where to find good information, how to get started with LGDs, and how to find a reputable breeder.
You will learn general “rules” for training and keeping LGDs, and effectively using LGDs against large and small predators. We will also look at recently completed research comparing various “new” breeds and their effectiveness against wolves. Register on line: http://bit.ly/JacksonSmallFarms
Louise Liebenberg, a Livestock Guardian Dog expert, and “owner” of Predator Friendly Ranching, will present along with Julie Young, Research Assistant Professor in the department of Wildland Resources at Utah State University.

Exploring the Small Farm Dream

Exploring the Small Farm Dream is a beginning farmer 3-class training series. Southern Oregon abounds with enthusiastic farmers involved in pursuing the commercial small farm dream. The aim of this three-session course is to assist those considering a small-scale commercial farming operation learn what it will take to start and manage a farm business and decide whether that is something they really want to pursue.
It will provide an excellent framework for new farmers to assess their skills and interests, learn the realities of farm business ownership, and become connected to local resources. The faculty of OSU Extension Small Farms Department teaches, guides and connects farmers to each other. In addition, we help find answers to all those questions that crop up along the way. Register on line: http://bit.ly/jocosmallfarms
Instructors: Sara Runkel and Maud Powell, OSU Extension Faculty

Goat Discovery Day

Strengthen your goat confidence and know-how. If you are an experienced “goat person” or you hope to be, this event is for you! A full day of workshops, demos with live goats, vendors, and networking. Presented by Emerald Dairy Goat Association and Oregon State University Extension Services.

Schedule
8:00 – 9:00 am: Check-in. Hot drinks and sweet treats available.
9:00 – 9:15 am: Welcome
9:15 – 9:20 am: Transition to First Session
9:20 – 10:50 am: Session 1 options:
Getting into Packing with Goats, Wayne Sherrard
Common Goat Diseases and How to Manage Them, Dr. Charles Estill, OSU Extension
Goat Herbalism, Kat Drovdahl
11:00 am – 12:30 pm: Session 2 options:
Milking and Milk Handling Procedures, Jenifer Cruickshank OSU Extension
FAMACHA Training, Dr. Charles Estill, OSU Extension
Hay and Forage Nutrition, Ian McGregor OSU Extension
12:30 – 1:45 pm: Lunch Break (see lunch details after Session Descriptions)
1:45 – 2:45 pm: Session 3 options:
Pros & Cons of Milk Machines, Cristen Sullivan Simple Pulse
Introductory Goat Genomics, Jenifer Cruickshank OSU Extension
The Goat’s Got Juice, Kat Drovdahl
2:45 – 3:00 pm: Break. Goat cheese and crackers provided by EDGA
3:00 – 4:00 pm: Session 4 options:
Preparation for Milk Testing, Carla Polson
Goat Conformation, Melanie Ferguson, Royal Cedars and HIdden Meadows Farm
Marketing Goats and Goat Products, Melissa Fery OSU Extension
Session Descriptions
Goat Herbalism
Katherine Drovdahl MH CR CA CEIT DipHIr QTP

Goat Herbalism is a great class for those that would like to learn more about working with herbs with their goats from a Master of Herbology and herb company owner that raises goats and other farm animals and has been teaching others how to do the same for over a decade.

The Goat’s Got Juice
Katherine Drovdahl MH CR CA CEIT DipHIr QTP teaches you several ways to administer herbs to your favorite caprines!

FAMACHA Training
[Limited to 20 participants, cost $15 for FAMACHA card kit]

Dr. Charles Estill, Oregon State University

FAMACHA is a diagnostic tool to help you identify parasite infection in small ruminants, such as sheep and goats. The tool is a chart that matches eyelid color to anemia levels, an indicator of parasite infection. This type of diagnosis allows farmers to target treatment only to infected animals, which in some systems has reduced use of deworming agents by 90 percent. Not only do farmers save money, they significantly reduce the likelihood of causing parasites to become resistant to dewormers. FAMACHA training is only available through certified veterinarians.

Common Goat Diseases and How to Manage Them
Dr. Charles Estill, Oregon State University

Learn about the common diseases that affect goats in the Pacific Northwest and how to prevent and treat diseases to help keep your goat herd healthy.

Hay and Forage Nutrition
Ian McGregor, OSU Extension Service Livestock Program

This session will focus on understanding how nutrient content of forages is affected by various environmental, physiological, and cultural circumstances. You will walk away with an improved ability to judge hay or pasture forages for their nutrient content, and will ultimately end up with a more sophisticated nutrient management style for your goat business.

Preparation for Milk Testing
Carla Polson

This session will cover what you need to know to prepare for your first milk test as a herd owner or a new milk tester. We will cover the process, taking samples and packing for the lab and much more.

Pros and Cons of Milk Machines
Cristen Sullivan, Simple Pulse

This session will explore the pros and cons of using milk machines as well as address commonly asked milking questions.

Getting into Packing with Goats
Wayne Sherrard, North American Pack Goat Association

This presentation is for the beginner interested in partnering with pack goats for hunting and wilderness exploration. Pack goats are gaining popularity in western states including Oregon. Wayne will be discussing specifics about breeds and selecting goats with packing potential. There will also be a saddling demonstration, equipment show-and-tell and trail etiquette dos and don’ts.

Marketing Goats and Goat Products
Melissa Fery, OSU Extension Service Small Farms Program

Are you interested in selling live goats, meat, and/or milk from goats? If your answer is yes, plan to attend this session where we’ll talk about direct marketing strategies and rules and regulations to keep in mind.

Milking and Milk Handling
Jenifer Cruickshank, OSU Extension Service

Learn about the physiology of milk letdown, udder preparation and cleanliness, proper milking equipment use, sanitary milk handling procedures, and pasteurization options.

Introductory Goat Genomics
Jenifer Cruickshank, OSU Extension Service

Review basic genetics and learn about what genomics is, how genomic information is generated and being used, and how it might ultimately be useful in making goat breeding decisions.

Goat Conformation
Melanie Ferguson, Royal Cedars and Hidden Meadows Farm

Conformation is how well a goat conforms to the ideal according to breed. This session is for goat enthusiasts who may want to show goats and those interested in learning about conformation and how the concepts apply to doe selection and herd management.

Lunch Information
You are welcome to bring your own lunch to the event, go out for lunch, or add on a catered lunch option for $11. There are two options for lunch, either a sandwich or a salad – both come with a dark chocolate brownie for dessert and beverage choices of water, iced tea & mango spritzer:

TTABS Sandwich with turkey, avocado, bacon, swiss & tomato with a green goddess aioli between Creswell Bakery multi grain sourdough.
Kitchen Sink Salad includes organic greens, cucumbers, carrots, tomatoes, bell peppers, nuts, pickled beets, feta & whatever else the chef finds. Served with bread. Balsamic vinaigrette & ranch optional on side.

Soil Testing for Productive Gardens, Pastures and Farm Fields

In this class, we will learn about methods for collecting a soil sample, where to send soil for analysis, and most importantly, how to interpret the results and correct problems. We will use examples from both organic and conventional production systems.
Bring in the soil test report from your garden, pasture, or field to review during class (suggested but not required).
Register on line: http://bit.ly/jocosmallfarms

Poultry Processing Facility & Farm TOUR

Join us for our “Second Saturday Stroll” through the farm, bring a mug and we’ll provide the hot coffee and a morning treat! Come see the entire farm with us as the owners John & Geoff take you on a guided tour to meet all the animals. We will talk in depth about our sustainability, methods, and plans. You’ll get to see the entire “farm-to-table” process from chick, to pasture, to processing, to packaging. We’ll also visit all the animals and see how they play a major role in the sustainable cycle on our farm. Cows, pigs, laying hens, broilers, baby chicks, turkeys in the fall, the brooder, the processing facility and more!

Office Hours at the Grange

Head to the Multnomah Grange for free one-on-one assistance from Jeremy Baker, Senior Conservation Planner. The Multnomah Grange is located at 30639 SE Bluff Road in Gresham. Bring your questions and explore strategies and solutions around:

Erosion prevention
Forestry
Natural areas
Livestock and grazing
Cropping
Irrigation

2019 Western Apicultural Society Conference

Every year the president of the Western Apicultural Society is given the chance to host the “WAS” conference on their own turf and highlight what’s good about their region. I’m honored and humbled to take on this role, and am hoping to create not just a conference, but an experience that emphasizes what we are – a society.

Our theme is “Hive Mind for the Greater Good,” built on the values of persistence and authenticity and celebrating community, women in leadership, and of course, bees and their keepers.

This weekend will be a mix of dynamic keynote talks, workshops built on the themes of art, beekeeping, social media and marketing, bee habitat conservation, education, native bees, and global research.

In an effort to create community, we are also going to provide plenty of opportunities for networking:

• We will turn the microphone around to the attendees with a “storytelling hour” in the theme of #beekeeperfail (we all have them, let’s take some time to admit it and have a little fun!).

• We’ll give attendees the opportunity to sign up for the “Community Waggle Dance Tabletop Show” where we will provide a bistro table to a selected group to create a “show and tell” display of something they are working on (a hive design, research, a tech innovation, etc.).

• Staying with WAS’s ability to provide an intimate experience for conference speakers and attendees, we’ll have “Roundtable Speed Swarming.” Guests will rotate (in groups) to speaker-hosted tables and spend some time in dialogue with a leader they have been admiring from afar.

• Throughout the conference we will provide multiple breaks, and a happy hour each evening, to encourage beekeepers to meet up and waggle dance using social media, the Bumble networking app, and our special interest themed “hive towers.” The hives are the place to meet your new best friend who’s also into beginning beekeeping, honey production, co-ops and supply chain management, bee habitat, native bees, bee-themed travel and service opportunities, etc.

Keynote Speakers & Workshop Leaders include: Dr. Judy Wu-Smart, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Katrina Klett, Elevated Honey Co.; Hilary Kearney, Girl Next Door Honey; Dr. Meghan Milbrath, Michigan State University; Anna Gieselman, Bee Amour Jewelry; Sarah Red-Laird, Bee Girl; Molly Romero L.Ac., MSOM, Active Acupuncture of Ashland; the native bee team from the Logan, Utah, USDA-ARS Pollinating Insects Research Unit; streamed opening welcome by Dr. Marla Spivak, and more.

On Sunday we will have a limited number of spots on an interactive bee habitat tour. We will load up in vans to travel to the Bee Girl organization’s “Seeds for Pollinators” research project at The Farm at Southern Oregon University, our “Regenerative Bee Pasture” research project at the Sampson Creek Preserve, and attendees will also participate in native bee research with the USDA Logan Bee Lab team at Mount Ashland.

Yours Truly,
Sarah Red-Laird
Western Apicultural Society President

Pasture Management Series

Want to produce the most forage from your pasture? Join Oregon State Extenison for a pasture class on Tuesday, June 4, 2019. Topics for the class include weed and forage plant identification, fertilizing, rotational grazing techniques, fencing and pasture management strategies. A pasture walk where questions from the audience will be answered and techniques for improving your pasture will be discussed.

Call 541-447-6228 to register or email

kim.herber@oregonstate.edu