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The Master Small Ruminant Producer program is designed to service the educational needs of sheep and goat producers in Tennessee. 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 or goat producer is welcome to attend! Beginning and advanced producers will find the program useful to help with their operations. 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.

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Upcoming In-Person Master Small Ruminant Classes

Please contact your county Extension Agent for more information on upcoming MSRP classes!

August 25th – 26thSouth Central Master Small Ruminant ClassMiddle TN Research & Education CenterJohn Calvin Bryant
September 30th – October 1stUpper Cumberland Small Ruminant SummitSmith County FairgroundsChris Hicks
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The Animal Health Division of the Tennessee State Department of Agriculture has recently been awarded a grant through the 2021 Farm Bill. The goal of the project being funded is to increase emergency preparedness and understanding of biosecurity among livestock producers throughout the state. To understand the current knowledge and practice of these principles in Tennessee, the Animal Health Division has crafted a short survey. Anyone who owns, operates, and/or manages an operation with livestock is encouraged to participate in this survey. Please click the link below to get started! The survey is brief, anonymous, and takes about 5 minutes to complete. Your participation is appreciated!

Click Here to Take the Survey!

Contact your local county Extension Agent for more information and to register.

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Jessy Shanks
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