Practical skills with sheep and goats workshop

This workshop is geared toward sheep and goat producers who want to learn and/or improve their practical skills for managing their animals.

Michigan State University Extension is offering a practical skills workshop for sheep and goats. The workshop will be held on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Eaton County Fairgrounds (10250 Cochran Ave., Charlotte, MI). The cost of the workshop is $35. That includes lunch and materials. 

The workshop is geared towards sheep and goat producers who want to learn/improve their practical skills for managing their animals. MSU Extension specialists will present information regarding a variety of practices commonly required on a sheep or goat farm, then participants will have the opportunity to practice each of the skills or handle the objects discussed. We anticipate that participants will leave this workshop with a better understanding of how to perform these practical skills and have the confidence to complete them on their own farm. 

Topics to be covered includes: 

  • Basic handling and health assessment 
  • Health care procedures and hoof trimming
  • Hay quality
  • Grain and mineral supplements 
  • Shearing
  • Udder health

Each topic will be briefly covered by an MSU specialist. Participants will then break up into smaller groups for hands-on activities regarding that topic. Both sheep and goats will be available to observe and for practice. Speakers include Dr. Richard Ehrhardt, Dr. Erin Recktenwald and Mike Metzger. 

Registration is available online under the MSU Extension tab or cane be completed by mailing a check addressed to Michigan State University to Carla McLachlan, 1270 Anthony Hall, 474 S. Shaw Lane, East Lansing, MI 48824. Registration is $35 per person and closes on Sept. 12. Questions cane be directed to Mike Metzger ( or Carla McLachlan ( 

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