We are big fans of the North Valley Dairy Goat Association in Red Bluff, California. Why? Several reasons:
1. Their membership fee is only $12/year! It’s even less if you join as a family or if you are under 18. With your membership, you get a link to your farm on their website (NVDGA.org), monthly get-togethers, the opportunity to show your goats once a year at their annual show and the chance to help organize their wonderful Goat Education Day.
2. They are friendly and enthusiastic about goats and about making cheese.
3. They sponsor one of the most well planned and interesting events we know about- Goat Education Day. If there is anything at all you would like to know about dairy goats and making cheese, November 6th is the day to learn.
This will be the second year for this event. Last year it was so well attended that this year they are taking over a good part of the Tehama District Fairgrounds in Red Bluff.
Beginning at 8am, there will be 40 (yes-40!) one-to-two hour classes in subjects like Understanding Mastitis, Making Feta, Recipes with Chevon, Predator Control, Making Soap, Homesteading with Goats, etc. (30 of the classes are listed on the flyer at the end of this article and the entire schedule is on their website.)
A few of the classes are size limited, so it would be a good idea to pre-register. If you register before November 1st, you will be entered in a drawing for a gift basket.
From 11am-2pm, there will be eleven active demonstrations forming a loop:
There will be a silent auction with the following breeds/herds:
Toggenburg: Fairy Glen
Boer: Blevins Boer Goats
Boer: Barlas Boer Goats
Nubian: Aja-Sammati Farms
Pack Goat Wether: MountainView Pack Goats
There will also be vendor tables, a raffle which will include a ton of hay, goat equipment, etc., and a lunch which will include the option of goat meat with trimmings. Clipper sharpening will be available all day. There will even be a pygmy goat show happening at the fairgrounds on the same day!
To pre-register, click here.
Questions? Email Beth Nicholson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 530-347-7376.