a field nutritionist. For the past 12 years he has been responsible for beef cattle, sheep and goat formulations.

Dr. Steve Hart is a Research Scientist II at Langston University in Oklahoma. He has a 50% extension appointment and has worked at Langston since 1991. He received a BS degree in Dairy Science from Texas A & M in 1972. Following service in the Army during the end of the Vietnam conflict, he received a MS in Animal Nutrition from Texas A & M in 1971. He completed a Ph.D in the Dairy Science Department at Virginia Tech in 1981 in Nutrition. He conducts extension education programs in goat production and goat parasites in Oklahoma and has spoken to goat producers in over 20 states. He has taught many work- shops on integrated parasite management both within and outside of Oklahoma. He conducted some of the first research showing the ef- ficacy of sericea lespedeza in controlling parasites and has conducted a number of field studies using FAMACHA© and copper oxide wire particles. He has conducted a study on rotation grazing for controlling worms. Steve has investigated several herbs such as cayenne pepper, wormwood, and garlic for parasite control. He has written a number of articles in popular press magazines on parasite control and other subjects. Steve also conducts research and extension in the area of nutrition and designed the Langston interactive nutrient cal- culator on Langston’s web site. He wrote the chapters in the Meat Goat Handbook on Goat Nutrition and Goats for Vegetation Manage- ment.

Dr. Ann Wells graduated from Oklahoma State University School of Veterinary Medicine and has more than 25 years of experience in live- stock production, including producing and selling natural lamb and grass finished beef. Dr. Wells worked in private practice for eleven years and has worked for several sustainable agriculture organiza- tions. While working for Heifer International, she researched parasite management strategies to reduce the need for anthelmintics. Cur- rently, Dr. Wells operates two businesses, teaching and consulting about sustainable animal wellness plans under Springpond Holistic Animal Health, and producing and marketing grass-finished beef and lamb for Ozark Pasture Beef. Operating a sheep and goat veterinary practice sparked her interest in complementary veterinary medicine. Her philosophy is to focus on the health of the animal through con- trolled grazing management and stress reduction techniques and strategies. She really feels that nutrition is the key to good health. Dr. Wells works with ruminant producers, large and small, helping them develop health management plans.

Dr. Chris Rumsey received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Purdue University in 1994 and began practicing in Francesville, Ind., where he still lives. Today he practices at Livestock Veterinary Associates p.c. also known as StockVets in Rensselaer, In. StockVets

provides reproductive technology services as well as general veteri- nary services to cattle, goat, sheep and swine producers. Dr. Rumsey has been providing Laparoscopic Artificial Insemination and Embryo Transfer services to sheep and goat producers since 2009 and today provides these services at StockVets in Rensselaer as well as on- farm services for sheep and goat producers in several states through- out the Midwest. Dr. Chris, his wife, Trisha, and children, Kaitlyn and John, have also been raising Boer goats at Rumsey Farms since 2002, selling breeding stock and show animals throughout the U.S.

Dr. An Peischel (Range Livestock Nutritionist) has been a goat pro- ducer for 35 years (and KIKOs for 30 years). She was born and raised on a beef cattle, hog and crop farm. Goats Unlimited has been involved in land enhancement, noxious weed abatement, riparian area restoration, fuel load reduction and fire breaking. She developed the Tennessee Master Meat Goat Producer Program, teaches brow- sing academies and artificial insemination clinics. Her goat years began on the Hawaiian Islands, expanded to Northern California and presently in middle Tennessee. An has been an invited speaker at seminars and conferences both nationally and inter- nationally.

Lauren Manning raises and direct markets grass-finished cattle, sheep, and goats in NW Arkansas. With goats, her focus has been cultivating low-input genetics that thrive in a pasture-based, rotational grazing system. After four years as a civil litigator, she earned an LL.M. in food and agricultural law from the University of Arkansas School of Law where she now teaches a variety of courses. She is also a journalist covering food and farming for publications like Ag- FunderNews, Food Dive, and Successful Farming. When she is not farming or teaching you can find her riding her horse and training her herding dog.

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