farm-opport-conf-banner

Track 3: Small Ruminants 101

Current sheep and goat producers or those who want to get started raising small ruminants, will find this track helpful in becoming both more knowledgeable and successful with these enterprises. Topics covered include nutrition and herd health, animal selection and culling, marketing, basic maintenance; including shearing and foot trimming dos and don’ts, as well as FAMACHA training and parasite management. The FAMACHA training begins with the basics of parasite life cycles and delves into how to better manage sheep and goats to prevent related infections. Training will result in FAMACHA certification, a tool that helps farmers identify parasite infection in small ruminants. Please dress appropriately as parts of this workshop will work with live animals and will be hands-on outdoors.

Instructor: Brad Smith, Director of the West Virginia Small Ruminant Project and WVU Extension Service

Courses offered within this track

Overview of Goat and Sheep Industry/Nutrition/Selecting & Evaluating Breeding Stock
Session 1: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Presenter: Brad Smith

Brad Smith, WVU Extension Service Grant County-Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Agent and Director of the West Virginia Small Ruminant Project, brad.smith@mail.wvu.edu. Brad serves half time as the Extension Agent in Agriculture and Natural Resources for Grant County and half time as the Director of the West Virginia Small Ruminant Project. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Animal and Veterinary Science from West Virginia University and a Master’s in Agriculture from West Virginia University.Brad works with local farmers providing education and information. He, with the help of local volunteers, has established a strong 4-H youth agriculture program in Grant County and works with both the Tri-County Fair and the WV State Fair. On a state level he serves on the Youth Agriculture, the Environmental Stewardship and the Forage Production Program Teams. His major research has been in the areas of nutrient management, forage production and utilization, and livestock production.


Diseases in Small Ruminants/Understanding Goat Parasites
Session 2: 1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Presenter: Brad Smith

Brad Smith, WVU Extension Service Grant County-Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Agent and Director of the West Virginia Small Ruminant Project, brad.smith@mail.wvu.edu. Brad serves half time as the Extension Agent in Agriculture and Natural Resources for Grant County and half time as the Director of the West Virginia Small Ruminant Project. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Animal and Veterinary Science from West Virginia University and a Master’s in Agriculture from West Virginia University.Brad works with local farmers providing education and information. He, with the help of local volunteers, has established a strong 4-H youth agriculture program in Grant County and works with both the Tri-County Fair and the WV State Fair. On a state level he serves on the Youth Agriculture, the Environmental Stewardship and the Forage Production Program Teams. His major research has been in the areas of nutrient management, forage production and utilization, and livestock production.


Basics of FAMACHA/Body Condition Scoring
Session 3: 2:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Presenter: Brad Smith

Brad Smith, WVU Extension Service Grant County-Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Agent and Director of the West Virginia Small Ruminant Project, brad.smith@mail.wvu.edu. Brad serves half time as the Extension Agent in Agriculture and Natural Resources for Grant County and half time as the Director of the West Virginia Small Ruminant Project. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Animal and Veterinary Science from West Virginia University and a Master’s in Agriculture from West Virginia University.Brad works with local farmers providing education and information. He, with the help of local volunteers, has established a strong 4-H youth agriculture program in Grant County and works with both the Tri-County Fair and the WV State Fair. On a state level he serves on the Youth Agriculture, the Environmental Stewardship and the Forage Production Program Teams. His major research has been in the areas of nutrient management, forage production and utilization, and livestock production.