NNY Sheep and Goat Week programs will be held December 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the CCE Jefferson County office in Watertown. The cost is $5 per farm. For more information, contact Ron Kuck, 315.788.8450, rak76@cornell.edu

The second program will be held December 2 at 7 p.m. at CCE St. Lawrence County Extension Learning Farm in Canton. The cost is $5 per farm. For more information, contact Betsy Hodge, 315.379.9192, bmf9@cornell.edu

The third program will be held December 3 at 6 p.m. for the youth meeting and 7 p.m. for the adult meeting at the CCE Clinton County office in Plattsburgh. There is no cost for this program. For more information, contact Sara Bull, 518.561.7450, slk95@cornell.edu

Dr. Tatiana Stanton of the Cornell University Sheep and Goat Program will present a detailed update on parasite control research funded in part by the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program. Field trials were conducted at the CCE St. Lawrence County Extension Learning Farm in Canton and at Asgaard Farm and Goat Dairy in AuSable Forks, NY.

“Producers at these December programs will learn how the use of birdsfoot trefoil as a pasture based means of parasite control worked in real-life situations under our regional conditions,” said Cornell Cooperative Extension NNY Regional Livestock Specialist Betsy Hodge.

Funding from the farmer-driven Northern New York Agricultural Development Program supported the first-ever research trial of birdsfoot trefoil as a natural parasite control practice for sheep and goat farmers in the NNY region. The NNY trials are part of a four-year project being conducted by Cornell University, Cornell University Cooperative Extension, the University of Rhode Island, Virginia Tech, West Virginia University, and the University of Wisconsin.

At the December 1, 2, and 3 programs, Hodge will also present information on winter feeding basics, including when and what feed products to use to supplement sheep and goat diets through the cold weather season. She will cover how to evaluate the content and quality of hay and forage and related feeding program adjustment options.

The December 3 program in Plattsburgh will cover several short topics including breeds and general animal care.