by Robert Spencer
The Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES) is eager to learn more about Alabama goat producers. To accomplish such a task Dr. Maria Leite- Browning has developed a survey designed to gather extensive information about the issues and challenges goat producers consider important. Once the surveys have been completed and returned, Dr. Leite-Browning will be able to assess the needs of goat producers through out Alabama. From there Browning and other specialist with ACES will be able to organize workshops throughout the State in a way that best addresses the needs of goat producers within Alabama.
The goat industry is growing across the United States, including the State of Alabama. According to latest U. S. Census Bureau information there are in excess of 50,000 goats in Alabama. To better serve goat producers within the State, ACES wishes to learn about the various management practices and problems Alabama goat producers face. Such information will allow better develop educational programs and provide technical information goat producers need.
The first step was for the ACES to hire a full-time Goat Extension Scientist and Specialist. Both were hired to serve goat producers within this capacity. The next step is to obtain feedback from goat producers throughout Alabama.
The completed surveys will serve as a means of feedback, learning opportunities about Alabama goat management practices, and the challenges associated with goat production throughout the State. The survey was developed as a mail-out producer survey, and to be utilized during upcoming small ruminant workshops where goat producers are readily found.
When you receive one of the surveys please take the time to read and complete it. The mail-out component of the survey includes a return addressed, stamped envelope. You can also print a copy of the survey by going to http://www.aces.edu/urban/GoatSurvey.pdf
. The information provided as a result of this survey will be used to help focus extension activities and research relevant to those expressed needs and areas that will enhance the experience of goat production. Upon completion of survey analysis, information will be readily made to share the results and implications.
Goat producers completing a survey are encouraged to promptly respond so the analysis process may begin, thereby leading to the development of educational programs for goat producers in all of Alabama. Respondents can be assured all responses are confidential, and no respondents will be individually identified.
; both are with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. They would like to thank all goat producers in advance for their participation and the valuable information provided as a result of this survey.
Robert Spencer is the Urban Regional Extension Specialist in the Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Programs Unit & The Urban Centers in North America for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.