​Topics of Interest to Goat and Sheep Producers

Sheep, by T. Johnson, UT Institute of Agriculture

Sheep and goat producers can earn a Master Small Ruminant certificate and benefit from a variety of educational sessions to be held at the Tennessee-Alabama Small Ruminant Conference on October 27-29 at the Middle Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center in Spring Hill, Tennessee. Photo by T. Johnson, courtesy UTIA. Download image​.

SPRING HILL, Tenn. — University of Tennessee Extension and Alabama Cooperative Extension will partner to provide small ruminant producers with an educational program to help them navigate the essential elements of production and turn a profit.

The conference will be held October 27-29 at the Middle Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center in Spring Hill, Tennessee, and will address topics of interest to both goat and sheep producers.

This three-day event includes educational sessions covering topics such as:
Marketing live animals for custom-exempt harvesting
Genetics and replacement stock selection
Marketing and production contracts
Treatment and preventative practices for health issues
Forage and pasture management
Setting up marketing cooperatives
Market outlook
Facilities and equipment
Developing a biosecurity plan
Carcass and meat quality finished on various forages

The conference will also feature virtual tours of operations from each state, followed by a time for questions and answers with the producers highlighted in the videos. 

A trade show will be available with many of the organizations involved in the region’s industry present for participants to meet and learn more about their products and services. There will also be a live animal grading demonstration to wrap up the conference.

“This conference should be one that adds dollars to operations,” said Andrew Griffith, UT Extension livestock economist with the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics.

The conference will begin with registration at 8:30 a.m. CDT each morning with the program beginning at 9:30 a.m. The trade show will open at 8:30 a.m.

Registration for the conference is $100, which includes lunch each day and handout materials. The deadline for registration is October 20. Tennessee producers who attend all three days can earn a Master Small Ruminant certification.

Registration information and complete details will be available through your county Extension office. Additional information can also be found online at http://economics.ag.utk.edu/smallruminantconferences.html

The conference is sponsored by UT Extension, Alabama Cooperative Extension, and the Southern Risk Management Education Center. 

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Andrew Griffith, Extension Livestock Economist, 865-974-7271, agriff14@utk.edu