Sheep and Goats for Small Farms

March 11, 2017 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Anthony Hall, 474 S. Shaw Lane Room 1310, East Lansing, MI 48823

Interested in starting or expanding a small farm to produce any or all of the major sheep and goat products (fiber, meat or milk)? Don’t miss this special day-long educational event.

Program Agenda:

8:30 - 9 a.m. Registration at Anthony Hall, MSU campus

Morning Sessions:
9 - 9:40 a.m. Coccidiosis: A potentially deadly problem in lambs and kids, Mike Metzger, MSU Extension Small Ruminant Educator
9:40 - 10:20 a.m. Using goats for pasture renovation and restoration, Bess Miller, Farmer
10:20 - 10:40 Break
10:40 - 11:20 a.m. Hoof disease in sheep and goats: Understanding clinical symptoms and developing control and eradication plans, Richard Ehrhardt, MSU Small Ruminant Specialist
11:20 - noon What is a Veterinary-Client-Patient relationship and what does the Veterinary Feed Directive mean to me? Chelsea Render, DVM.
Noon - 1 p.m. Lunch (buffet lunch included in registration)

Afternoon Sessions:
1 - 2:30 p.m. Session 1
2:30 - 3 p.m. Transportation break
3 - 4:30 p.m. Session 2

Sessions 1 and 2 have three options to select from:
1. Foot trimming and general exam, Richard Ehrhardt, Ph.D. and Melissa Esser, DVM, (at MSU Sheep Teaching and Research Center)
2. So you want to make cheese?, Mike Metzger, MSU Extension, and Rusty Plummer, Hickory Knoll Farms Creamery (at Anthony Hall)
3. From Fleece to Fabric: Producing a product from a raw fleece, The Michigan Fiber Cooperative (at Anthony Hall)

Preregistration is required for this event. The cost is $35 per person, which includes lunch and a resource folder. Other members of the same family may attend for $25 but those family members will not receive a resource folder. If you have questions, please feel free to contact event manager Carla McLachlan at or 517-432-5402. Registration is available online at Click on MSU Extension to get to the registration for this program.

Mail-in registration can be completed by filling in the form below and returning to: Carla McLachlan, 474 S. Shaw Lane, Room 1287, East Lansing, MI 48824. Make checks payable to: Michigan State University.

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