Sheep and Goats for Small Farms

Date: March 12, 2016
Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: Anthony Hall, 474 S. Shaw Lane, East Lansing, MI 48823
Contact: Carla McLachlan,, 517-432-5402

Interested in starting or expanding a small farm to produce any or all of the major sheep and goat products (fiber, meat or milk)? Don’t miss this special day-long educational event.

Program Agenda:

8:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.          Registration

9 a.m. ‒ 9:30 a.m.          Nutrition basics and diet formulation for sheep and goats, Dr. Richard Ehrhardt, MSU Small Ruminant Specialist

9:30 a.m. ‒ 10:20 a.m.   Choosing pasture and hay species for sheep and goat production, Dr. Kim Cassida, MSU Forage Specialist

10:20 a.m. -10:40 a.m.   Break

10:40 a.m. ‒ Noon          Health care schedules for sheep and goats, basic vaccination schedules and health management calendars, Dr. Judy Marteniuk, DVM, MSU Large Animal Clinical Sciences

Noon – 1 p.m.                 Lunch

1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.           Forage quality and selection workshop, Dr. Erin Recktenwald, MSU Animal Science and Mike Metzger, MSU Extension

2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.      Break

2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.      Two individual workshops on producing and marketing high-quality meat goats and high-quality fleeces

3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.      Panel discussion

Preregistration is required for this event. The cost is $35 per person, which includes lunch and a resource folder. Other members of the same family may attend for $25 but those family members will not receive a resource folder. If you have questions, please feel free to contact event manager Carla McLachlan at or 517-432-5402. Registration is available online at Click on MSU Extension to get to the registration for this program.

Mail-in registration can be completed by filling in the form below and returning to: Carla McLachlan, 474 S. Shaw Lane, Room 1287, East Lansing, MI 48824. Make checks payable to: Michigan State University.

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