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Monday, April 16, 2018

So You Want to Raise Sheep or Goats?

Pennsylvania provides an ideal environment to raise sheep and goats. Rolling hills may not be suitable for crop production, but can provide high quality pasture for sheep and goat production. Learn more about what is involved with raising sheep or goats at a workshop sponsored by Penn State Extension of Potter County on Tuesday, April 24th at the Sweden Valley Grange, 4 miles east of Coudersport off Route 6, Cherry Spring Road, Sweden Valley. The workshop will run from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM and includes a light lunch. This is a FREE event.

Featured topics include an overview of sheep and goat production practices. “What Do I Need to Get Started?” will discuss where to find sheep or goats to purchase as well as selection principles. This presentation will also include animal handling principles and equipment needs. “Reproduction Basics” covers preparing animals for breeding through flushing and assessing breeding soundness plus how to handle breeding and lambing or kidding issues.

“Proper feeding and nutrition is a key to profitable production as well as keeping sheep and goats healthy,” said Melanie Barkley, Penn State Extension Educator and speaker for the event. Common health issues, such internal parasites and diseases is another presentation topic for the evening. Marketing and financial management will conclude presentations for the afternoon.

There is no cost to attend the meeting, but registration is requested by April 20th. To register, call 877-345-0691 or go to http://extension.psu.edu/so-you-want-to-raise-sheep-or-goats. For more information about the meeting, contact Nicole Santangelo at the Penn State Extension Office at 274-8540.

Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. The Pennsylvania State University encourages qualified persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Sheila Gabreski at 814-274-8540 in advance of your participation.

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

we have just the place to raise these fine animals..