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UT Small Ruminants

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The Advanced Master Small Ruminant Producer program is designed to continue the educational opportunities started by the original Master Meat Goat Producer program. The program gives sheep and goat producers a combination of classroom teaching and hands-on learning experiences. The learning sessions provide opportunities for producers to increase knowledge and skills needed to apply management practices necessary for profitability and sustainability of the sheep and goat industry. Educational sessions are delivered by your local UT-TSU Extension county agent. 

Any sheep and goat producer is welcome to attend, even if you did not have the opportunity to attend the original Master Meat Goat Producer training sessions. The Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program (TAEP) provides cost-share assistance for long-term investments in Tennessee’s farming operations. A current University of Tennessee Master Producer Certificate is one of the qualifications needed for producers to be eligible for the maximum 50 percent cost-share assistance.

Upcoming Tennessee Master Small Ruminant Producer Class

The Small Ruminant Work Group has been working hard to develop online options for those that need to complete their Master Small Ruminant Certification. In light of COVID-19 and restrictions placed on meeting sizes we have decided to offer an online Zoom series to our small ruminant producers.

Please follow this link and register online. Producers will not be sent the Zoom links until payment has been received, along with the registration information. Please fill out hte form completely and be sure it mentions how you heard about the program ( Facebook, Extension Agent, Friend, etc. ). This will allow us to track participation.

The program cost is $110.00 and payment can be send via a check to the following address:

Jessy Shanks
Brehm Animal Science Bldg.
2506 River Dr.
Knoxville, TN 37996

Payments can also be make online via the UTK Online Shopping Mall

Below are the dates for the classes and proposed topics (not set in stone yet), times will be 6:30 pm EST and 5:30 CST with classes lasting no longer than 2 hours. Producers must attend and participate in 9 of the 12 available classes to be eligible for Master Small Ruminant Certification. Manuals and signs will be distributed to county offices at a later date and you will be responsible for getting these to your producers.

8/4/2020TMarketing Small RuminantsAmanda Mathenia
8/6/2020RQuality Assurance for Small RuminantsJenni Goodrich
8/11/2020TManaging Parasites in Small RuminantsSusan Schoenian
8/13/2020RSmall Ruminant GeneticsThomas Greenlee
8/18/2020TReproduction in Small RuminantsJessy Shanks
8/20/2020RSmall Ruminant FacilitiesMatt Webb
8/25/2020TSmall Ruminant Health ManagementDr. Lew Strickland
8/27/2020RSmall Ruminant Carcass MeritDr. Dwight Loveday
9/1/2020TForages for Small RuminantsDr. Gary Bates
9/3/20RLamb and Kid ManagementJessy Shanks
9/8/2020TNutritionCalvin Bryant
9/10/2020RLegal Considerations for Producers & Farm ProgramsThomas Greenlee

If you have any questions or comments please do not hesitate to contact Jessy Shanks via email as we are still working remotely.

Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

The following link leads to an Excel calculator designed by Drs. Charley Martinez, Aaron Smith, and Andrew Griffith with UT Extension to help producers estimate Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) payments. This tool is intended to be a guide for producers to use in order to estimate a payment amount, it is not an absolute estimate. This spreadsheet is for informational and educational purposed only. Final payments are at the discretion of USDA. Additional information can be found on AREC Decision-Aid Tools webpage.

CFAP Calculator

It is very important to note that details continue to evolve rapidly on the program and we are still awaiting clarification on eligible inventory categories and the potential for additional commodities. We will continue to provide updates as additional information is revealed. Additionally, we will be releasing short videos with examples on how to input information, to obtain CFAP payment estimates, for a few representative operations.

The USDA CFAP website has additional details, fact sheets, forms and web tools.