Agriculture Notes

Agriculture Notes

October 03, 2004

Conference to focus on sheep, goat genetics

The Western Maryland Research & Education Center in Keedysville will present the Maryland Sheep & Goat Genetics Conference from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 30.

The conference will include lectures and hands-on workshops focusing on the genetic improvement of sheep and goats for meat, fiber or milk.

David Notter, professor of animal breeding and genetics at Virginia Tech, will discuss the National Sheep Improvement Program and genetics of disease resistance.

Linda Detwiler, consultant for McDonald's Corp., will discuss the genetics of scrapie.

Hands-on sessions will be held on ultrasound to determine carcass characteristics in lambs and goats, sire selection, choosing replacement females, on-farm record keeping and selecting fiber animals.

The cost is $25 and includes materials and a Greek theme lunch with lamb dishes. Registration deadline is Oct. 22.

Information: 301-432-2767.

West named director of ag education foundation

The Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation has appointed Brian C. West as director.

West has more than 20 years of diverse management experience in several industries, including aviation, aerospace, medical manufacturing and education.

He has a bachelor's degree in accounting from Towson University and a graduate degree in business management from the Johns Hopkins University.

West is a native of Baltimore County.

Deep Run 4-H Club to meet Oct. 11

The Deep Run 4-H Club met last month to review the county and state fairs, discuss activities and hold workshops.

Members who participated in either the county and state 4-H fairs, and won numerous awards, were: Caitlin Moore, Breanne Lippy, Brittany Lippy, Jamie Lippy, Katie Rae Warner, Kara Johansson, Kimberly Rawlings, Alec Schapiro, Shelby Beatty, David Leister, Bailey Stickles, Samantha Mende, Amanda and Brandon Driever, Andrew Rawlings, Clare Yeager, Katie Tracy, Abigail Hester, John and Jenna Krebs, Esther Schott and Clayton Yeager.

Katie Ray Warner, Katie Tracy and Esther Schott presented workshops.

The club's next meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 11 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Manchester.

Information: 410-386-2760.

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