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2021 Goat Day

We are pleased to announce the program for 2021 Goat Day with the theme of Maintaining herd progress in uncertain times


9:00-9:25 Welcome & Facility Updates


  • Dr. Jim Murray, UC Davis Animal Science

*University operations during Covid-19

  • Campus life- Dr. Jim Murray, UC Davis Animal Science
  • VMTH- Dr. Bret McNabb, UC Davis Veterinary Medicine

*Student Opportunities: Live from the milking parlor

  • Ben Rupchis, Herd Manager, UC Davis Goat Barn

9:25-9:55 Research Updates

Presented by Drs. Meera Heller and Rosie Busch, UC Davis VetMed

*New faculty on campus

*Ongoing Research Projects

  • Hemp residue feeding trial
  • Transgenic goats

*Upcoming projects, surveys

*Links to DHIA and ADGA Updates


9:55-10:00 Break



10:00-11:30 Disaster Preparedness Panel Discussion

Hear perspectives of Veterinarians, Firefighters, Those hosting and treating evacuated animals and Evacuees. The goal of the session is to provide resources and tips for evacuation and care of animals during a natural disaster.


Panel Moderator: Dr. Joan Dean Rowe, UC Davis VetMed


  • Dr. Mike Payne
  • Dr. Fauna Smith
  • Dr. Bret McNabb
  • Dr. Tara Urbano
  • Ben Rupchis


11:30-11:40 Break


BREAKOUT SESSIONS (held concurrently)

11:40- 12:20

Panel 1: 4-H Goat Curriculum

Get a sneak preview and learn about the new 4-H goat curriculum!


  • Dr. Rosie Busch, UC Davis VetMed
  • Teresa Greenhut, UC Davis VetMed



Panel 2: Building and Using Herd Data

Learn how to use resources such as genetic testing and milk production records to for herd improvement.

Moderator: Dr. Elizabeth Maga, UC Davis Animal Science 


  • Dr. Rebecca Bellone, UC Davis Veterinary Genetics Lab (VGL): Genetic selection and testing resources
  • Lisa Shepard, ADGA: How to use DHIA and genetic data for herd improvement
  • Erika McKenzie-Chapter, Pennyroyal Farms: Examples of using genetic data production testing to meet herd goals


Panel 3: Animal Medications/Food Sales

Regulatory updates medication use, milk sales and food safety.


  • Dr. Joan Dean Rowe, UC Davis VetMed
  • <span style="white-space: pre;"> </span>Dr. Alda Pires, UC Davis VetMed
  •  Dr. Catherine Lorenz, CDFA


12:20-12:30 Break


12:30-1:00 Keeping camaraderie in the goat community

Tips and strategies for staying connected.

Panel Moderator: Ben Rupchis, UC Davis Animal Science


  • Teresa Greenhut, UC Davis VetMed
  • Dr. Joan Dean Rowe, UC Davis VetMed
  • Dr. Rosie Busch, UC Davis VetMed


Admission Fee:

$5 per person

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Date of Event:

Jan 23, 2021

Time of Event:

9:00 am to 1:00 pm

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Contact Information:

Dr. Elizabeth Maga

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Last day to register online:

Wednesday, January 20, 2021