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I know this program is still a little over three months away, but I want to make sheep and goat producers aware of this important Small Rumi-nant Profit School now. The Small Rumi-nant Profit School (SRPS) is designed for beginning producers in goats and sheep. SRPS will help you learn the basics and how to properly implement sound management practices into your operation. Producers who have been in business for three years or less will be assigned a personal mentor to help answer questions and give advice. SRPS participants will receive a free, two-year membership to the Goat Herd Improvement Program (GHIP), specifically designed for goats and sheep.
SRPS consists of four classes over six months. The dates are: Saturday, October 4, 2014; Saturday, October 25, 2014 (Annual Producer Conference); Saturday, December 6, 2014; and Saturday, March 14, 2015. Except for the Annual Producer Conference, all classes will be at the Trimble County Extension Office at 43 High Country Lane in Bedford (502-255-7188). Class time will be approximately 8:30 am – 4:00 pm.
If you are a member of the Kentucky Goat Producers Association (KGPA) or the Kentucky Sheep and Wool Producers Association (KSWPA), the registration fee is $70.00. Non-member registration is $100, with which you receive a one year membership to the association of your choice.
Interested participants may register at www.kysheepandgoat.org or call 502-682-4173.
Program topics will include: Nutrition and Pasture Management; Breeding and Genetics; Market Trends and Niche Markets; Fencing, Shelters, and Equipment; Parasite Management; and Foot Care.
The Small Ruminant Profit School is made possible through a collaborative effort between the Kentucky Sheep and Goat Development Office, Kentucky Agriculture Development Fund, University of Kentucky, Kentucky State University, American Sheep Industry Association, American Lamb Board, and the National Sheep Improvement Institute Center.
For more information call the Trimble County Extension Office at 502-255-7188.
Michael Pyles is Trimble County’s Cooperative Extension agent for agriculture.