Qualifies for Master Small Ruminant Producer Certification

FAMACHA method

AMACHA is a diagnostic tool to help farmers identify parasite infection in small ruminants​ through examination of the animal's mucous membranes to estimate the level of anemia. The 2017 UT Small Ruminant Conference will include FAMACHA training. Photo courtesy UTIA.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The 2017 Small Ruminant Conference will be held May 18-20 on the campus of the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture in Knoxville.  Comprehensive information about the production of meat and dairy goats as well as sheep will be offered.

The conference will count for Tennessee Advanced Master Small Ruminant Producer Certification (formerly known as Advanced Master Meat Goat and Sheep Producer Certification).  Highlights of this year’s conference include a tour of the parasite lab with the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, FAMACHA training and a trade show. Vendors will give away door prizes including $750 in equipment from Sydell and $250 in feed from Tennessee Farmer's Co-op. 

The meeting will be held at the Brehm Animal Science Building, 2506 River Drive. Topics for the program will include: nutrition, reproduction, harvest and sales regulations, predation, guardian animals and more. For additional information and a flyer go online to the UT Extension Rhea County website: extension.tennessee.edu/rhea.

The fee for the program is $100 per individual or $160 per couple. The fee covers the cost of the training sessions, educational manuals, other teaching/instructional materials and lunch. Pre-registration is required by May 5, 2017. 

This program is partially funded with a grant from Southern Extension Risk Management Education. Like all UT Extension programs, the conference is open to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability or veteran status.

Through its mission of research, teaching and extension, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture touches lives and provides Real. Life. Solutions. ag.tennessee.edu.



Jerry Lamb, UT Extension – Rhea County 423-775-7907, jlamb2@utk.edu


Conference brochure