Tuskegee University Annual Goat Day will be held Saturday, April 8, 2017, 8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. This year’s Goat Day theme is "Diseases and Parasites in Small Ruminants: Applied Solutions for Producers." The speakers will include Drs. Davis Pugh, Michael Purvis and Dahlia O’Brien.
Pugh is a well-known veterinarian who has many decades of experience with small ruminants. He has received many university and national awards for teaching. He has authored or co-authored over 600 publications and edited three textbooks. Currently, he is the director of the Alabama State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory System.
Purvis has over 30 years in private veterinarian practice in medicine and surgery. He is currently working as an Extension veterinarian at Florida A&M University.
O’Brien is an associate professor and small ruminant specialist in cooperative Extension at Virginia State University. She has conducted research on a number of projects including the characterization of anthelmintic resistance in gastrointestinal nematodes of small ruminants, evaluation of natural/alternative dewormers (pumpkin seeds, ginger, garlic, papaya seeds and commercially available herbal wormers) for parasite control and the use of natural breed resistance to reduce internal parasite infections in meat goats.
In addition, Tuskegee University research highlights involving small ruminants will be presented by Dr. Nar Gurung. The roundtable discussion will feature alternative sustainable approaches to disease and parasite control, pasture management and challenges and opportunities in the industry.
After the morning presentations, various field day activities are available to provide a hands-on experience in topics discussed in the morning sessions in addition to access to alternative dewormers and products.