Friday, September 4, 2015

Show-Me Sheep and Goat Project II

University of Missouri – Extension, Lincoln University Cooperative Extension Farm Outreach Program, and the University of Central Missouri Biology and Agriculture Department are working together to host the Show-Me Sheep and Goat Project II.

“With the ability to have more profit potential than most other enterprises, sheep and goat producers sometimes have problems marketing their animals or products,” says Susan Jaster of the Lincoln University Innovative Small Farmers Outreach Program. If you want to raise sheep or goats for meat, milk or fiber, you can learn how to raise and manage them successfully from this series of classes. This four week program will allow participants the ability, in a hands-on environment, to learn how to manage sheep and goat operation as a business with profitability and the future in mind. It will also give participants a chance to learn from other producers that attend the class.

“This series of classes is the next series from the beginning class designed to focus more on production management and preventative care, Show-Me Sheep and Goat Project I.” says Nathanial Cahill, Ag Business Specialist of MU Extension. The sheep and goat industry is in a rapidly growing phase in the United States and the potential for producers to generate revenue is potentially endless. With the correct management practices and general knowledge increase, sheep and goat producers have the potential to get into a rather growthy market.

The Show-Me Sheep and Goat Project II course includes 4 evening classes on September
15th, 22nd, 29th, and October 6th. The classes will be held from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Johnson County Extension Center in Warrensburg, MO (135 W. Market, Warrensburg, MO 64093) along with a farm tour and hands-on class participation at the University of Central Missouri Mitchell
Street Farm (details given at first class).

The program includes a wide variety of educational topics all sheep and goat producers.
Topics to be covered will include: financial statements, FAMACHA scoring, fecal egg count testing, forage alternatives and ID, risk management, and many other topics including those specified by participants.

Class size is limited, so registration is required by September 11th. The cost of the program is $55 per person or $75 per couple/entity with certification, refreshments and materials provided. If participants need special accommodations because of a disability, or if you need materials in an alternative format, please inform at time of registration.

For registration and additional information, contact Nathanial Cahill University of

Missouri Agricultural Business Specialist at 660-747-3193.

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