Farming Magazine - August, 2013


Empire Farm Days: Learn About Goat Care

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Goat care demonstrations by Craig and Christopher Todd of Todd Farms of Locke, N.Y., will be offered daily at Empire Farm Days. The Todds will use some of the 100 Boer goats they raise and a chute and pen system to show how to handle, weigh, vaccinate and trim hooves.

Mud Lake Stalls, Agri-Plastics and PrimaTech are sponsoring the demonstrations, which will take place at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. near the Empire State Meat Goat Producer's exhibit. Throughout each day, Todd's son Christopher will be demonstrating goat clipping and fitting.

Boer goats are named for their origin in Dutch South Africa. The word boer means farm in Dutch. The first full-blooded Boer goats arrived in the U.S. in 1993 and have been steadily growing in popularity. Mature animals can weigh between 190 and 340 pounds.

The Todd family raises meat and dairy goats and Great Pyrenees livestock guardian dogs.