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Select goats now for upcoming 4-H, FFA projects
MISSISSIPPI STATE -- An upcoming goat sale in Raymond will help youth become involved in the rapidly expanding 4-H and FFA junior livestock program.
The Mississippi Club Goat Association will be holding a sale on June 10 at Hinds Community College. About 60 meat goats born this spring will go on the auction block. All will be age-appropriate for the 2007 Dixie National Junior Livestock Show. Vaccinated and dewormed, they have been weaned and are on feed.
Educational seminars will begin at 10 a.m. covering health, nutrition, evaluation, hoof trimming and show ring preparation. A lunch of goat meat will be served at 12:30 p.m. The sale begins at 2 p.m.
Dwayne Wheeler, senior associate with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said the numbers of market goats in the junior livestock program have grown from zero in the 2000 Dixie National to 128 this past year. Ninety-one dairy goats also made their debut in February.
The Mississippi Club Goat Association was formed to provide quality club goats for the livestock program. For more information on the 4-H goat project, contact Kipp Brown, area livestock/meat goat agent with MSU’s Extension Service, at (662) 237-6926.