N.C. A&T To Host National Conference on Goats


Whether they’re enjoyed for their cheese, cashmere or spicy combination with curry, goats and their various niches are the focus of an upcoming national conference hosted by the School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. The National Goat Conference is set for Sept. 15-18 at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro, where up to 600 farmers, agricultural professionals, government and non-government representatives, as well as members of the general public, are expected to attend.

Presenters will include N.C. A&T faculty such as Drs. Mulumebet Worku and Niki Whitley, as well as such other industry luminaries as David L. Martin of Gotcha Goat of Decatur, Ga., and Dr. Terry Hensley of Texas A&M’s veterinary medical diagnostic laboratory.

The conference is a triennial event initiated and organized through the National Goat Consortium of the 1890 land-grant system, which includes A&T and 17other institutions across the Southeast. As the only 1890 institution with a dedicated animal science department, A&T’s SAES is a natural pick to host this second conference. The department has 10 faculty members, 14 different species of animals, 30 course offerings and graduates the second-largest number – after Tuskegee University - of African American animal-sciences graduates in the country.

“They know that A&T has a strong reputation for partnership, establishing outreach efforts and research with goats throughout the industry, and a strong animal science program,” says Dr. Ralph Noble, chairman of the SAES Department of Animal Sciences and a leading goat expert in the Southeast.

 The conference includes programs, workshops, interactive activities and a tour and demonstration at A&T’s University Farm.

For more information, 2013 National Goat Conference