UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Sheep and goat producers can learn how to better manage various management and production practices that lead to profitability at a Penn State Extension workshop, titled “Sheep and Goat Profit School,” from 9:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Friday, Oct 14, at Penn State Extension Office in Lebanon County, 2120 Cornwall Rd, Lebanon.
The workshop will cover marketing options for lambs and kids, impact of record keeping on profitability, what characteristics in lambs and kids result in the highest prices, how to select
replacement females using genetic tools and production efficiency, how management practices impact profitability, and how crossbreeding can increase animal performance.
“These workshop topics all can have an impact on the number of lambs or kids born, lamb or kid growth rates and overall flock or herd efficiency,” said Melanie Barkley, senior livestock
extension educator and speaker for the event. “Increasing input costs can greatly impact profitability so it’s important that producers take a hard look at aspects in their operation that influence animal performance and efficiency.”
Extension educator Camren Maierle will also speak at the event.
Participants must register by Oct. 7 either on the Penn State Extension website at https://extension.psu.edu/sheep-and-goat-profit-school or by phone at 877-345-0691.
The registration fee of $10 covers morning refreshments, lunch, and handout materials.
Barkley can provide more information about the workshop at 814-623-4800.
–Penn State Extension