Sheep and Goats for Small Farms 2024

March 2, 2024 12:00PM - 4:00PM

Registration Deadline: March 1, 2024 - 12:00AM

via Zoom

Contact: Michael Metzger

Sheep and Goats for Small Farms

Date: Saturday, March 2, 2024

Time: Noon–4:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time)

This annual virtual workshop addresses a variety of topics for the small to intermediate-sized sheep and/or goat farm; however, the topics often have greater interest to all producers. This series aims to inform and educate participants on health, nutrition, facilities, marketing, food safety, product quality (milk, meat, fiber), and more to help producers improve their management and marketing abilities. Those interested in starting or expanding their operation, refining their farm goals, understanding their options, and/or improving their management will find value in attending this workshop. The MSU Small Ruminant Extension Team plus invited guest speakers will be presenting and available for questions.


Program Agenda:

Noon-12:10pm Introductions and Overview

12:10-1:00 pm Fencing - Sheep and goats can be some of the more difficult species to keep in a fence, but there are solutions for this. This session will cover basic fencing solutions for sheep and goats.  Mike Metzger, MSU Extension Educator

1:00-1:50 pm  USDA Programs for Small Ruminant Producers - What programs does USDA offer for Sheep and Goat Producers?  Aimee Swenson, USDA State Outreach and Communications Director

1:50-2:00 pm  Break

2:00-2:50 pm  A basic biosecurity program for your farm - Preventing disease issues on your farm begins with a good biosecurity program involving a sound quarantine, vaccination, foot bathing and sometimes blood testing program. This session will cover the basics of preventing diseases from entering your farm.  Richard Ehrhardt, MSU Small Ruminant Specialist.

2:50-3:40 pm  Trace Mineral Supplementation in Small Ruminants - Trace mineral supplementation is necessary to prevent mineral deficiencies in sheep and goats. There are many mineral mixes on the market, and we will discuss what is really needed for sheep and goats. Mike Metzger, MSU Extension Educator

3:40-4:00 pm  Panel Discussion (all presenters will be available to answer questions)



Preregistration is required for this free event. Those who register will be sent an email prior to the event with the Zoom link as well as given access to recordings of all sessions soon after the event. If you have questions, please feel free to contact event manager Mike Metzger at   Registration closes on Friday, MARCH 1.Register at:

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