​Offers Classes and Hands-on Learning for Sheep and Goat Producers


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​​Goat and sheep producers are encouraged to attend the Master Small Ruminant Producer Program October 10-12, 2018. Completion of the program qualifies producers for up to 50 percent cost share from the Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program. Photo by M. Webb, courtesy UTIA. Download image.



SPRING HILL, Tenn. – A Master Small Ruminant Producer Program will be held at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture’s Middle Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center October 10-12. The program is an excellent learning opportunity for sheep and goat producers with informational sessions on small ruminant production, management and marketing.

The program will feature a combination of classroom teaching and hands-on learning experiences. At the conclusion of the 3-day course, producers will receive their Master Producer Certification and will be eligible to qualify for a 50 percent cost share from the Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program.

“This program is an opportunity to identify all the facets of small ruminant management for producers from the novice to the experienced,” says Troy Dugger, program coordinator with UTIA’s Center for Profitable Agriculture. “Plus, it provides a chance to interact with fellow producers who may be facing similar circumstances and challenges.”

The cost to attend the Master Small Ruminant Producer Program is $100. This includes the certification, educational materials, meals and a Faffa Malan Chart (FAMANCHA). A FAMANCHA is a diagnostic tool to help sheep and goat producers identify parasite infection in their herds. A producer may attend with a non-certifying guest (such as a spouse or child) for a cost of $125.

Registration and fees are due Friday, October 5. You may download the registration form at middle.tennessee.edu, or pick one up at your local UT Extension office. More information can be found online, or by contacting Matt Webb at 931-359-1929 or at dwebb15@utk.edu.

The Master Small Ruminant Producer Program is designed to continue the original Master Meat Goat Producer Program. Any sheep or goat producer is welcome to attend, even those who did not attend the original Master Meat Goat Producer training sessions.

The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture celebrates 50 years of excellence in providing Real. Life. Solutions. through teaching, discovery and service. ag.tennessee.edu.

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Contacts:

Matt Webb, UT Extension, Marshall County, 931-359-1929, dwebb15@utk.edu

Ginger Rowsey, UTIA Marketing and Communications, 731-425-4768, gtrice@tennessee.edu