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o CM M a •H U ft CO CO r-. LO O c o <N Goat Newsletter Cooperative Extension Program Langston University The Newsletter of the E(Kika) de la Garza American Institute for Goat Research From the Director's Desk grams in collaboration with the Animal Science Department of Oklahoma State University), postdoctoral research associates, and established scientists on sabbaticals, who are termed Visiting Scholars. Over the past six years, we have been very successful in procuring 13 research grants, 10 extension grants, and 11 international grants, which have totaled more than $4.2 million. I cannot list all of the grants but just to give you a sampling, I will list a few titles and objectives of each type. One recent research grant is entitled "Effects of Selected Nutritional Components on Immunity to Haemonchus in Goats." In grazing animals, internal parasites cause considerable economic losses world-wide, including the U.S. Among the major nematode parasites in goats and sheep in tropical and subtropical regions, the blood feeder Haemonchus contortus is the most pathogenic. The infection of H. contortus causes anemia and even death of host animals. At present, the use of anthelmintic drugs is an essential measure to control this parasite. However, the problem of widespread We have been working on a report of the activities of the Institute over the past six years that will be published in the near future. However, I want to give you a foretaste of the report. The title of our report is Expanding Boundaries and as I read the draft report and reflect back on the last six years, I must say that it is very appropriately titled. The number of permanent Institute faculty is not large in comparison with animal science departments in many other Land-Grant universities. Hence, to achieve a strong research, extension, and international program, faculty of the Institute aggressively seek outside support to provide funds for equipment, supplies, and, importantly, support for graduate students (with pro- Spring 2012 anthelmintic resistance urges development of alternative approaches. One of the potential approaches is to enhance the immunity of host animals. Another recent research grant is entitled "Establishing a Pilot Tannery and Capability for Goat Leather Research at Langston University." Little is known of the quality characteristics of leather produced from U.S. goat skins. A pilot tannery was established at Langston University and research is being conducted to evaluate factors influencing goat skin quality, such as breed, diet, and age. In the extension arena, a very recent grant is entitled "Extension Education Delivery Tools for Dairy Goat Producers: A Web-based Certification Program and E-book." Dairy goat production in the U.S. is a growing industry with the number of dairy goats having increased by 11.5% since 2008. There is no comprehensive source for information on dairy goat production. Langston University is partnering with other institutions in creating a web- based certification program for dairy goat producers, a printed handbook, and an e-book. The Cooperative Extension Program at Langston University provides educational programs to individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age disability or status as a veteran. Issued in furtherance of Extension work, Act of September 29, 1977, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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|Title||Goat newsletter, spring 2012|
E. (Kika) de la Garza Institute for Goat Research.
|Purpose||From the Director's Desk; State of the Goat Industry: Goat Field Day 2012; Research Spotlight: Feeding Agricultural ByProducts in Ethiopia|
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