Learn more about indigenous goats at the Royal Show

2009-05-22 00:00

FARMERS interested in learning more about indigenous goat breeds can take part in an information and education workshop, hosted jointly by the Royal Agricultural Society and the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Agriculture and Environmental Affairs.

The workshops will take place at the Royal Agricultural Show at 10 am and 2 pm on Saturday, May 30 and 10 am on Sunday, May 31 at the Sheep and Wool Expo.

Each workshop lasts three hours and will cover a comparison of animals from different bio areas, animal health management, Intervet medicines, selection and record keeping, cross-breeding and marketing.

In addition, Sbusiso Gumede will talk about Famacha and Trevor Dugmore will discuss indigenous sheep.

Participants will then have the chance to view goats from Bulwer, Bergville, Ladysmith, Empangeni, Makathini, Pietermaritzburg and Msinga.

Event coordinator, Marlize du Preez, said: “The main focus of the goat showcase will be on indigenous goats, but other breeds on display will include Boer goats, Kalahari goats, Savannah goats, as well as cross-breeds.

“Indigenous sheep breeds will also be on display.”

Visitors to the Sheep and Wool Expo will also be able to learn more about goats cheese through demonstrations by Fraai Uitsig Goat’s Milk & Cheeses; and there will be demonstrations of sheep shearing every hour on the first weekend and then regularly throughout the day during the rest of the show.

Another highlight at this year’s Expo will be the announcement of the Supreme Champions in the sheep section at 2 pm on Wednesday, May 27, followed by a livestock sale at 3 pm and the popular carcass auction at 4.30 pm.

And don’t forget to take a look around the stalls which this year include Shaam’s Butchery, Elsa Barnard Mohair Carpets, The Yarn Shoppe, Open Door Soft Shoes, Annette Oelofse Mohair Products, The Weavers Hut and Die Wolhuis, selling everthing from wool slippers and knitting yarns to rugs, scarves, hand-knitted jerseys, pullovers, hats, mohair blankets, shawls, socks and much more.

* For more information about the goat workshops, contact Jonathan Tyler at 079 507 4286 or e-mail: Jonathan.Tyler@kzndae.gov.za



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