Endorsed by Curators:
The Cashmere Goat Association is proud to announce the 2019 Small Ruminant Management and Fiber Conference, to be co-hosted with the Sheep & Goat Program, Department of Animal Science, Cornell University. The conference will take place in Ithaca, NY on November 9th and 10th.
This conference is aimed at both prospective and experienced goat and sheep raisers as well as fiber designers and processors, youth organizations, college students, professionals and fiber enthusiasts. Speakers include preeminent professors, veterinarians and graduate students from Cornell Univ., Langston University's internationally acclaimed Goat Research Center, Virginia Tech and Italy as well as nationally renowned fiber specialists and farmers. Saturday morning's presentations focus primarily on flock and herd health while Saturday afternoon activities include hands-on practicals on nutrition, lambing/kidding, hoof care, body condition scoring and conformation evaluation. On Sunday, national experts in cashmere, mohair and wool fiber will provide presentations and hands-on labs on fiber assessment, fiber production, and design & marketing concerns. Many of our fiber and database presenters are experienced fiber farmers. The hands-on, specialized cashmere, mohair and wool fiber evaluation classes are designed to increase the expertise of goat/sheep farmers AND fiber mills/designers responding to the increased interest in American fiber. We encourage sponsors to particpate in the conference tradeshow. The conference schedule is organized to ensure that participants have time to explore all the vendor displays.
Tickets are limited for this one of kind programming that brings together experts from all levels of the goat and sheep fiber world.
More information on sponsorships, youth discounts and scholarships, parking, lodging, transportation and area attractions
7:45 am Registration and continental breakfast
Tradeshow on the first floor of Morrison Hall throughout the day
8:00 am Welcome byWendy Pieh (CGA President) & Dr. Michael Thonney (Cornell Sheep & Goat Program)
8:15 9:10 am Flock and Herd Health Management
Dr. Mary Smith, DVM, Cornell Univ.
9:15 - 10:00 am Skin and Foot Issues in Goats & Sheep
Dr. Mary Smith, DVM, Cornell Univ.
10:00 - 10:20 am Refreshment and Tradeshow Break
10:20- 12:00 am Innovations in Parasite Management for Goats & Sheep
Dr. tatiana Stanton, Cornell Univ.
10:20-12:00 pm Basics of Cashmere, Mohair and Wool Fiber Structure: differences, similarities and blending
Wini Labrecque, SGC and SWF Fiber Innovations
12:00-1:10 pm Lunch in 348 Morrison Hall -Presentation in neighboring room on Developing an Italian Cashmere Goat Registry -Dr. Nora Kravis, DVM, Chianti Cashmere, Italy
Tradeshow on the first floor of Morrison Hall
1:15 pm - 4:00 pm Livestock Pavilion -*Four hands-on stations Choose 3 stations to participate in, spend 50 minutes at each prior to rotating to the next
Station #1 Evaluating Cashmere Goats Assessing soundness/conformation, evaluating body condition - Wendy Pieh (Springtide Cashmere Farm, CGA President)
Station #2 Hoof Conformation & Trimming- Dr. Peter Goth (Springtide Cashmere Farm)
Station #3 Nutrition Evaluating hay, reading a feed label, interpreting a forage analysis - Niko Kochendoerfer, Cornell University
Station #4 Kidding and Lambing Issues coping with dystocia, how to tube a newborn, how to give anintraperitoneal injection - Dr. tatiana Stanton, Cornell Univ.
4:00 - 4:20 pm Refreshment and Tradeshow Break
4:20 pm Cashmere Goat Association Database Presentation Pamela Haendle(Hermit Pond Farm, CGA database manager)
6:30 pm Dinner (Tickets sold separately) & Networking Session
8:45 am Registration and continental breakfast
9:00 9:45 am Basic Genetics of Cashmere Production Dr. Terry Gipson, Langston Univ. Goat Center
9:50 - 10:35 am Fiber Color Genetics in Goats & Sheep- Dr. Phil Sponenberg, Virginia Tech
10:40 - 11:25 am Effects of Nutrition on Fiber and Follicle Development in Goats & Sheep Dr. SteveHart, Langston Univ. Goat Center
11:30am Lunch and Tradeshow withpresentation on Fiber Processing and Marketing Streams for Different Sized Farms
12:30-1:25 pm Product Design and Marketing -Laura Sansone MFA (NY Textile Lab & Parson School of Design
1:30 - 2:25 pm An EU Wild Friend Predator Program for Ruminants: Proactive farm management improve livestock/predator coexistence and farm/wildlife habitat -Dr. Nora Kravis, DVM(Chianti Cashmere, Italy)
12:30 - 2:25 pm Fiber Sorting & Grading 101 (working with cashmere, mohair and various wools) -Wini Labrecque (SGC & SWF Fiber Innovations)
12:30 - 2:25 pm Evaluating Cashmere Fiber -Dr. Peter Goth & Wendy Pieh (Springtide Cashmere Farm)
2:30-3:25 pm Product Design and Marketing -Laura Sansone MFA (NY Textile Lab &Parson School of Design
3:30 - 4:30 pm An EU Wild Friend Predator Program for Ruminants: Proactive farm management improve livestock/predator coexistence and farm/wildlife habitat -Dr. Nora Kravis, DVM(Chianti Cashmere, Italy)
2:30 - 4:30 pm Fiber Sorting & Grading 101 (working with cashmere, mohair and various wools) -Wini Labrecque (SGC & SWF Fiber Innovations)
2:30 - 4:30 pm Evaluating Cashmere Fiber -Dr. Peter Goth & Wendy Pieh (Springtide Cashmere Farm)
4:30 pm Fill out evaluations and have a safe trip home!