Regional Goat and Sheep Producer Training – A SUCCESS STORY

— Written By
- Pictures by Lauren Langley, Extension Agent, Livestock and Forages, Alamance.

The Regional Goat and Sheep Producer Training held on Saturday January 30, 2016 at the Guilford County Extension Office in conjunction with the North Carolina Sheep Producers’ Association annual meeting was a tremendous success as 146 people were in attendance. Such a large number of attendees is a clear indication of the high demand for information by NC small ruminant producers.

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DSCN0005A general session “Managing Parasitism in Small Ruminants” led by Dr. Scott Bowdridge, West Virginia University, and Dr. Jean-Marie Luginbuhl, NCSU Extension Meat Goat Specialist, was followed by concurrent demonstrations sessions for sheep “Foot Rot Prevention & Treatment, Estrus Synchronization and Pregnancy Detection”, meat goats “How to Select Breeding Does & Bucks, Effective Culling Techniques, and dairy goats “Understanding Udder Care, NCDA&CS Guide to Food Safety & Raw Milk, Basics on Forage Nutrition”. Following lunch, an ‘Ask the Experts’ session was led by Dr. Jean-Marie Luginbuhl.


DSCN0077Participants commented that they liked the practical, relevant topics presented at the training, the hands-on sessions, and the open discussion. Participants also mentioned that they would like to see this type of training on a regular basis and for the planning committee to have Dr. Jean-Marie Luginbuhl at the next event.


This training would not have been possible without the efforts of a dedicated group of Cooperative Extension agents and directors. The planning committee consisted of: Lauren Langley, Alamance, Ben Chase, Guilford & Rockingham, Joey Knight, Caswell, Sam Groce, Chatham, Jonathan Black, Randolph, April Bowman, Forsyth, Kim Wood, Person, Karen McAdams – Retired Extension Agent & NC Sheep Producers Association Board Member, John Brasfield – Retired Extension Agent & NC Sheep Producers Association Board Member, and Andy Burlingham, Pitt, as speaker for the Meat Goat Session and representing the NC Boer Goat Association. Glenn Detweiler, Cooperative Extension Agent from Catawba and Lincoln hired October 2015, was also in attendance.

Partners involved were N.C. Cooperative Extension, NC Sheep Producers’ Association, Boer Goat Association of NC, and NC Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services. Producers who brought demonstration animals are also acknowledged.