Minnesota: 1st Annual Meat Goat Farm/Field Day brings together meat producers and Somali, Hispanic and African communities
Fri. September 09, 2005 12:37 pm.
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1st Annual Meat Goat Farm/Field Day
Saturday, October 1, 2005,
Start Time: 9 am
2005 Theme: Producers and Consumers Meeting and Working Together
2005 Host: Hassett's Berry Farm, Big Lake, Mn
Funding and Support provided by:
Sustainable Agricultural Research and Education (SARE)
Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture (MISA)
Tennessee State University
Other Organizations and Individuals.
Goat producers and consumers, this is a chance for you to get together and experience a cultural and educational exchange. Activities include; a visit a local family operated processing plant, have a "fun show" withgoats, hear Dr. Richard Browning discuss his $750,000 meat goat research efforts and his wife Dr. Maria Browning discuss among other things, starting a viable meat goat association, hear progress reports from 2 producer grant recipients, discuss Minnesota's goat industry, discuss processing and marketing opportunities and meet Minnesota's newest "Americans" from Somali, Hispanic and African communities who are interested in purchasing goat meat from family farms. Producers and consumers will have the opportunity to share their thoughts face to face for their mutual benefit.
The purpose of this event and related efforts is to help create awareness and build momentum for all of Minnesota's emerging goat industry state wide. This event will have a significant impact on all ofMinnesota's meat goat producers and consumers. Your help is needed to make it a special event to remember! Attendance is limited for obvious reasons so REQUIRED PRE-REGISTRATION will be on a first come first served basis. Ethnic and mainstream media are welcomed.
Goat producers are invited to bring animals for a "fun show" as well as meat animals for sale. Sales are by private treaty only. No commissions are involved.
PRODUCERS PLEASE DO NOT bring culls, blemished, nor health issues to this event. They will not be allowed on the farm.
Horns, no horns, bucks, wethers, does, kids are okay. Hassett's Berry Farm has sufficient space to accommodate what you bring. You must contact Bob Hassett, ASAP, pre-register your animals and discuss biosecurity measures.
Admission to the event is FREE, no fees of any kind. PRE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED; no last minute walk on attendees. Producers and consumers are encouraged to bring a pot luck dish and/or a recipe card, to share. Contact Bob Hassett for details. The recipe cards will be displayed for all to see. A map of Minnesota will be on display and producers will be located on the state map. Producers are encouraged to submit a short bio of their operation. If producers wish to, their small bio about their family and or goat operation can be posted. Producers please be prepared to discuss the way you raise your animals with people of limited understanding of English AND Minnesota production agriculture. Pictures may help. Please try to keep it simple and avoid controversy. Minnesota's "New American" consumers may have little knowledge of the way that Minnesota goat producers raise their animals. We want to make this a memorable cultural and educational event for all participants.
PRE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. LIMITED ATTENDANCE. 1st COME 1ST SERVED.
To register for this event, contact:
Bob and Nancy Hassett
17175 245th Ave NW
Big Lake, Minnesota
News Category: Somali Diaspora