The University of Minnesota Extension Service will be hosting a Goat and Sheep Nutrition webinar on Tuesday June 15, 2021 beginning at 7:30 pm. Dr. Kelly Froehlich South Dakota State University Extension Sheep and Goat Specialist "will provide insight on internal parasites including deworming and fecal egg counts for goats and sheep." This webinar is especially for 4-Hers, farmers and professionals who work with farmers.

There is no charge to watch the webinar but you do have to pre-register so the Zoom link can be emailed to you. You can pre-register at: z.umn.edu/GoatSheepParasite. In addition if you are interested in watching the webinar but have a conflict the program can be emailed to you later. If you have questions you can email Colleen Carlson at trax1042@umn.edu.

Parasites are a concern of all ruminant producers that are on a pasture during the summer. When I was a dairy farmer my cattle were in a free stall barn on concrete. However, when it was dry, they could go outside and lay down on the ground. There was no grass, just a dirt lot. I thought I had fewer hoof and feet problems if the cows could get off of wet concrete as much as possible. So, there were products I could use to control worms and parasites that were approved for lactating dairy cattle.

Plus, if I used the right products it would take care of lice too. That is why it is important to be informed by talking to specialists. The goal of course is healthy animals!

Most Visited State Parks In Minnesota: Is Your Favorite in the List?

Minnesota has 66 beautiful state parks. The parks have an average of 9,700,000 visitors each year. Interestingly enough, nearly 19% of park visitors come from other states and countries, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Now, my favorite State Park is Jay Cooke in Carlton, MN, but it did not break into the top 5.