Panel: Year Round Breeding

Three goat producers (one meat, two milk producers) will share their approaches to Year-Round Breeding. Tips, challenges and opportunities will be highlighted.

Speaker Profiles:

Michele Bowering, Ilderton Dairy Goat Farmer. Dave and Michelle and their family have been farming most of their lives. They both attended agiculture college and achieved their diplomas. They bought their 50 acre farm and herd in the summer of 2005 and have worked to turn it into the good milking herd that it currently is. They struggled with CAE in the beginning and then did testing and quarantining to become CAE negative. They have now maintained that status for 11 years. They operate a closed herd of 160 milking does and do mostly off-season breeding and some AI to get new bucks for breeding. Kidding mostly happens in the Fall, which allows them to stop shipping milk, if they choose, for the month between July and August. In the past year they milked one group through the summer and are duration milking them until next April when they will breed them again.

Anton Slingerland, President, Double A&T Dairy Goats. Anton was born and raised in Lethbridge Alberta on a dairy farm. He moved to Ontario at 18 and worked in the trades as a welder fitter/gas technician until 2004. At that time he started milking goats while continuing to work in trades. Today he milks 350 goats and is a dealer for milking equipment and Mapleview milk replacer.

Peter Vingerhoeds, Owner & GM, Thimble Hill Farm & BSC Animal Nutrition. Peter Vingerhoeds has been farming in Huron County for 20 years with his wife, Amy, and 4 daughters. They expanded their meat goat operation in 2012, and raise kids from 80-100 high percentage Boer does in an accelerated breeding program. Peter will share some of the key elements in their operation that support breeding all year.

Facilitator: Marlene Paibomesai, Dairy Specialist, OMAFRA. Marlene Paibomesai works as a Dairy Specialist with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. Her office is located in Elora Ontario and she covers production systems of dairy cows, goats, and sheep.

January 7, 2022, 8:00:00 p.m.

CEU Credits Available:

There are no CEUs available for this presentation.