Sheep and Goats for Small Farms

Interested in learning more about taking care of and potentially producing a cheese or fiber product from your sheep or goats? Don’t miss this special, day-long, educational event.

Raising sheep and goats can be a fun and profitable venture, but diseases, health issues and changing regulations can make it challenging. Michigan State University Extension is offering a full day program aimed at helping sheep and goat producers become better and more profitable producers. The event will take place in Anthony Hall (474 S. Shaw Lane, East Lansing, Mich.) on the MSU Campus. The morning sessions will help producers manage a variety of different situations on the small ruminant farm, and the afternoon sessions will include a hands-on session on foot trimming and general exams for sheep and goats. Also available in the afternoon will be sessions on cheese making and producing a product from a raw fleece.

Program Agenda

8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Registration at Anthony Hall, MSU campus

Morning Sessions:

9:00 - 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 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch (buffet lunch included in registration)

Afternoon Sessions:

Noon - 1:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Session 1

2:30 - 3:00 p.m. Transportation break

3:00 - 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)


Pre-registration is required for this event.

Cost: $35 per person. Additional members of the same family may attend for $25 each (only one set of handouts per family).

Register online. Choose the MSU Extension tab.

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