December 9, 2005: Headlines: COS - Congo Kinshasa: Goats: Agriculture: Tulsa World: Terry Gipson, who leads Langston's goat-related outreach, saw how common goats were in Congo Kinshasa when he served in the Peace Corps in the 1970s and early '80s

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Terry Gipson, who leads Langston's goat-related outreach, saw how common goats were in Congo Kinshasa when he served in the Peace Corps in the 1970s and early '80s

Terry Gipson, who leads Langston's goat-related outreach, saw how common goats were in Congo Kinshasa when he served in the Peace Corps in the 1970s and early '80s

The researchers are at the beginning of a three-year project to see whether they can extend goats' lactation, Gipson said. Goats typically provide milk for their kids in the spring, but Langston researchers want to harvest a year-round supply of milk.

Terry Gipson, who leads Langston's goat-related outreach, saw how common goats were in Congo Kinshasa when he served in the Peace Corps in the 1970s and early '80s

Herd about Langston's goats?

Dec 9, 2005

Tulsa World

The American Institute for Goat Research is tending to a growing interest in goat farming.

LANGSTON -- The goats, with floppy ears and soft hair, could be a local farmer's hobby, except that they roam 325 acres and their benefits reach worldwide.

Even in the small town of Langston, about two hours west- southwest of Tulsa, the bumpy roads that lead to fenced-off pastures look like side streets to nowhere.

But here is the hub, potentially worldwide, of goat research.

The eight permanent professors and scientists at Langston University's American Institute for Goat Research think they might represent the highest concentration of goat researchers in the world.

This year, they have conducted $2 million in research, funded by outside grants they won -- compared with less than $500,000 a decade ago.

New Langston President JoAnn Haysbert called the program the university's clearest-cut "program of distinction" earlier this semester.

The researchers relish their acceptance. They long ago realized the importance of their work.

Terry Gipson, who leads Langston's goat-related outreach, saw how common goats were in central Africa when he served in the Peace Corps in the 1970s and early '80s.

But when Gipson was in graduate school a few years later, he always seemed to give the last scholarly presentations at annual meetings of scientific groups, and the room cleared to all but five or six people when he started talking about goats.

"The interest and awareness has really increased in the United States," he said. "People don't snicker at you anymore."

Americans demand more goats and goat products now -- for babies who can't handle other milk; for immigrants who eat goat meat on special occasions; and for children who want to show animals at fairs, said Roger Merkel, who leads Langston's international goat activities.

In other countries, people rely on goats -- as commodities and food sources -- much more than in the United States.

So it makes sense that Langston has a steady stream of visiting scholars from around the world and that it has partnerships and projects with other countries and universities across the globe.

In Ethiopia, for example, Langston researchers helped provide two female goats for every woman and one male goat for every five or six women, Merkel said.

In several years, more than 450 women returned the goats and kept the offspring, using them for milk and selling them to pay for their children's schooling and for housing upgrades.

The grant funding for the program ended, but Ethiopian universities continue the project, Merkel said.

Langston's pure academic research also aims to make goat farmers more efficient and profitable, said Art Goetsch, a research leader.

The scientists are looking into how goats use energy. With that understanding, farmers could provide the best food and the best grazing conditions and get more for their money.

The researchers are at the beginning of a three-year project to see whether they can extend goats' lactation, Gipson said. Goats typically provide milk for their kids in the spring, but Langston researchers want to harvest a year-round supply of milk.

Langston also provides practical help for local farmers. On the last Saturday of every April, the institute hosts a Goat Field Day with lectures and workshops for farmers, along with fun activities, such as goat bingo and pony rides, for children.

Researchers offer occasional cheese- and soap-making workshops, and Gipson sends out a free quarterly newsletter to more than 3,000 people nationwide.

The institute's Web site, http://www.luresext.edu/goats/, has a goat quiz and also offers nutrient calculators that show how much calcium and protein, for example, that goats should be eating.

Researchers have fun in other ways, too. Recently, Steve Zeng flavored the daily batch of soft-serve ice cream as nonalcoholic pina colada.

"The ice cream is very important," he said. "We take it everywhere we go."

Zeng also makes cheeses -- crumbles of Parmesan, a tangy pepperjack and more -- store-quality milk and scented soaps. He doesn't sell the products; he researches them to determine their quality and shelf life and gives them away to encourage more people to buy goat products.

On a tour of the Langston farm, Merkel pets a friendly dairy goat as if it were a dog. The researchers separate the kids from the does to allow for the maximum milk production, and humans bottle-feed the babies.

"We become their mothers," Merkel said.

In nearby fields, with picturesque views of the Langston campus, all the meat goats in a herd turn their heads, looking intently and curiously as their visitors walk away.

"They think that we're supposed to be giving them something to eat," Gipson said, as the goats let out percussive bleats. "They're calling out, 'Did you forget something?' "

April Marciszewski 581-8475

april.marciszewski@tulsaworld.com





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