Wisconsin agricultural entrepreneurs looking for training and instruction on producing and marketing dairy and meat goats may be able to get what they need at a nearby technical college as soon as the fall semester.
Experts at the Wisconsin Technical College System have begun the process of developing curriculum using information gathered last month from a group of dairy and meat goat producers.
“The Wisconsin Technical College System is pleased to support the goat industry, one of the fastest growing livestock sectors in the state,” says Jim Gibson, education director for agriculture and natural resources at WTCS.
Once developed, the goat curriculum will be incorporated into the agricultural curriculum at various campuses throughout the WTCS.
The Grow Wisconsin goat initiative has seen strong demand for training and instruction, according to Jeanne Meier at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection who helped initiate the partnership.
“The tech college curriculum will be a keystone in the growing resources available to Wisconsin goat producers,” says Meier.
Goat field days; the Wisconsin Dairy Goat Association’s Web, www.wdga.org; the Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy and Livestock Farmers and the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Dairy Goat List Serve are other resources available to new and growing goat producers.
For more information contact the Wisconsin Dairy Goat Initiative at 608-224-5121 or [email protected]. For more information about the curriculum development project, contact Jim Gibson at 608-266-2412 or [email protected].