Due to drought conditions across much of Minnesota, many goat and sheep producers are finding it necessary to take a closer look at the economics, nutritional content and availability of feed to better manage the nutritional needs of their flocks throughout the winter season, according to the U of M news release.

“Grain and forage can vary in nutritional quality especially in a drought year, so it may be necessary to test feed and provide supplements to meet the additional energy and protein requirements,” it stated.

Laura Kieser of Dairyland Labs will give an overview of testing feedstuffs for nutritional content, along with sampling tips. Kieser will discuss how near infrared and wet chemistry analytical testing is used to assure accurate and timely quality evaluations of feeds and why molds and mycotoxin reduce palatability of feeds and grain.

Phil Berg, lamb and wool instructor at Minnesota West Community and Technical College, will lend his many years of experience of working with sheep producers to discuss why the nutrient requirements differ based on age, stage of production, weight, breed type and the environment.

The webinar will also feature producers Mark and Sara Van Beck from Stearns County sharing their experience with raising 600 nannies and marketing goats in Minnesota.

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Finally, attendees are asked to participate in a panel discussion with Laura Kieser, Phil Berg and Troy Salzer, Extension Educator in St. Louis County on the special feeding considerations and availability of alternative feedstuffs.

Pre-registration is required at z.umn.edu/TCGoat21. The Zoom link will be emailed immediately after registration. If unable to attend the live session, the recording will be sent by email. For more information, contact Brenda Miller at nels4220@umn.edu or Colleen Carlson at traxl042@umn.edu.