Goat and sheep producers encouraged to preregister


Boer nanny and two kids

​Tennessee is ranked second in the nation in the number of goats produced, and the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture and Tennessee State University are pleased to present the state's first small ruminant conference in January 2014 in Knoxville. The Boer goat (nanny and kids shown in photo) is among the most popular meat goats in production. Photo by J. Lamb, UT Extension. Download photo.



KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Small Ruminant Conference promises to be a mix of classroom and “hands on” educational activities covering a wide range of topics for state and regional goat and sheep producers.

The first event of its kind in the state, the conference is scheduled for Jan. 3 and 4, 2014, at the Brehm Animal Science Building on the campus of the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture in Knoxville. The conference is being hosted by the UT Institute of Agriculture and Tennessee State University and will feature well
known speakers from UTIA, TSU, Fort Valley University, the Tennessee Farmer’s Cooperative and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Topics to be discussed at the event will include alternative parasite control methods, nutrition, genetic selection, multi
species grazing, reproductive physiology, conformation, evaluation and body condition scoring, business management and marketing, guardian animal selection and management, carcass processing and fabrication, artificial insemination, FAMACHA charts and disease detection and fecal egg testing.

Registration is $65 per individual or $100 per couple and covers the cost of the training sessions, a take-home educational manual and associated materials and lunch and refreshments for both days of the conference.

Conference attendance will satisfy Tennessee Master Meat Goat Producer Certification for the Tennessee Ag Enhancement Program.
For more information and a registration form, please visit the Rhea County UT Extension website:
https://utextension.tennessee.edu/rhea or call 4237757807.

UT Extension provides a gateway to the University of Tennessee as the outreach unit of the UT Institute of Agriculture. With an office in every Tennessee county, UT Extension delivers educational programs and research-based information to citizens throughout the state. In cooperation with Tennessee State University, UT Extension works with farmers, families, youth and communities to improve lives by addressing problems and issues at the local, state and national levels.

Jerry Lamb, UT Extension – Rhea County, 423-775-7807