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The Barn Talk on May 19 at the Fraedrich farm near Enderlin, N.D., will feature demonstrations on hoof trimming, vaccinating and other common practices. (iStock photo)

Barn Talk event on May 19 will focus on aspects of goatkeeping

The Dakota Goat Association will hold an educational workshop on Saturday, May 19 at the Terri and Melissa Fraedrich farm near Enderlin, N.D.

The “Barn Talk” — a three hour program on the practical aspects of goatkeeping — will begin at 1:30 p.m. “You’ll see the fencing and shelter we use for our Nigerian Dwarf herd plus watch demonstrations on hoof trimming, vaccinating and other common practices. It’s a great opportunity to learn new skills or see different methods applied. Plus, you’ll meet goat owners from around the area and share ideas,” explains Terri Fraedrich, host of the event.

The Barn Talk is free to DGA members. Non-members pay $10 per person or $20 per family. “You can join DGA when you arrive,” says LeAnn Harner who chairs the DGA teering committee. “Membership is open to anyone with an interest in goats.”

The DGA was formed to provide educational and social opportunities for owners of any type of goat, while developing a group to represent the caprine industry in North Dakota. “Many times goat herds begin as a 4-H project or to provide a backyard milk supply,” Harner says. “Those are great purposes. But people don’t recognize that we also have serious breeders doing artificial insemination, embryo transplants and participating in performance programs. The DGA represents all those interests.”

For more information on DGA programs and to register for the event, go to  www.dakotagoats.org.

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