FROM RANSON GOODMAN

 

What is the Master Small Ruminant Producer program?

It’s a University of Tennessee Extension educational program designed to provide training to improve the profitability and competitiveness of meat goat and sheep producers. The program includes educational sessions that focus on marketing techniques, management, reproduction, health, genetics, nutrition, forages, fencing and equipment, famacha, foot trimming and meat goat and sheep production as well as issues facing the goat and sheep industry.

UT Extension in Stewart and Houston counties have organized an area multi-county Master Small Ruminant Producer program to be held at the Stewart County Farm Bureau Office Conference Room in Dover. The sessions will be from 5:30-9 p.m. on Sept. 9, 10, 16, 17 and 21.

Graduates that meet the minimum Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s Ag Enhancement Program (TAEP) requirements will qualify for 50% cost share on designated TAEP grants. Those auditing the class will not graduate or be qualified for 50% cost share.

The program is open to any interested goat and sheep producer. UT Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. Those interested in participating need to register in advance by Sept. 3.

The registration fee is $100 per producer wishing to obtain certification. Contact Laurie Mobley at the Houston County UT Extension Office at 931-289-3242 or Joe Griffy at the Stewart County UT Extension Office at 931-232-5682 for additional information or preregistration assistance.

 

RANSON GOODMAN is an agricultural agent for the Henry County Extension Service. Contact him at the Extension office at 642-2941 or by email at rgoodman@utk.edu.

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