Ontario Goat, in partnership with EastGen, Gay Lea and Hewitt’s, is proud to be hosting the 2015 Goat Profitability Workshops.

  • Tuesday, October 27th – Parkdale Community Centre, Belleville
  • Thursday, October 29th – Tavistock Memorial Hall, Tavistock
  • Friday, October 30th – Listowel Agricultural Hall, Listowel


9:30 a.m. Registration
10:00 a.m. The key to successful kid rearing Kathleen Shore, New-Life Mills
Successful kid rearing can make the difference between a profitable operation or not. Kids are the next generation of milkers; they need to get off to the best start possible. Kathleen will discuss the key factors to successful kid management, how to improve mortality and how this impacts economics on your farm.
11:00 a.m. Goat Cost of ProductionErin MacDuff, Ontario Goat
Recently, Ontario Goat completed the first phase of a multi-year cost of production study. Erin will review the first phase and what the numbers mean to Ontario’s goat producers.
11:30 a.m.Assessing goat welfareMike Draper, OMAFRA
As a goat producer, you have a responsibility to ensure all your goats are properly managed on your operation. Mike will review the animal care standards for goats and how you can evaluate the standards on your farm. In addition to assessing welfare, Mike will review the criteria goat producers should be evaluating before culling goats.
12:30 p.m.Lunch
1:00 p.m.How artificial insemination (AI) influences productivity on your farmPaul Stewart, EastGen
As goat producers you are always looking for ways to  improve productivity on your farm.  Whether as a dairy or meat producer, filling year round demand can be challenging.  Paul will discuss ways to implement AI into your operation followed by a presentation from a producer who has implemented AI successfully into their operation.
2:00 p.m.Ontario Goat (OG) next steps and available resourcesKendra Keels, Ontario Goat
OG has been developing new producer resources to help improve productivity and on-farm welfare.  Kendra will review the new resources and discuss next steps moving forward.
2:30 p.m.Adjourn
*Draft, subject to change



Please click here to access the registration form or contact us to register today!