SVMGA Meeting to Feature Small Ruminant Specialist

Dahlia O’Brien, PhD, extension sheep & goat specialist at Virginia State University (VSU) will be the guest speaker at this month’s Southern Virginia Meat Goat Association (SVMGA) meeting, to be held Thursday, April 24, 7 p.m., at the Halifax County Agricultural Center, Farm Way Lane, Halifax.

Dr. O’Brien received her PhD from the University of Maryland in December 2005 and prior to joining VSU, was acting director of the Coastal Ecology Teaching and Research Center in Berlin, Maryland. Dr. O’Brien has completed research focusing on parasite resistance in sheep, goats and cattle, problems particularly prevalent in the mid-Atlantic states, and has evaluated the effectiveness of natural or alternative dewormers. She has also studied the benefits of multi-species grazing (cattle and goats), using goats to control invasive weeds, and identifying methods to increase goat production to satisfy increased market demands.

At the SVMGA meeting, Dr. O’Brien will tell members and guests about VSU programs that can be helpful to local meat producers and touch briefly on some of her research into natural methods of parasite control.

This meeting is open to the public and all interested persons are invited to attend.

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