Extension offers field days for sheep, goat producers

UNIVERSITY PARK – Sheep and meat goat producers looking for information on how to make their livestock enterprises more profitable can take advantage of field days offered by Penn State Extension this spring.

Field days will be held at four locations across Pennsylvania:

  • Lauden Acres Dorsets, Dalmatia, will host the first one on April 12;
  • Baytree Farm, Emlenton, will host a field day on April 26;

Maple Hollow Farm, Manns Choice, will host on May 10; and

  • MacCauley Suffolks, Atglen, will host May 17.

The field days will cover pasture management for forage production, sheep and goat health issues, common sense weaning-management tips, and selecting females for pasture production.

Participants will tour the host farm pasture and handling facilities.

During lunch, the Pennsylvania Sheep and Wool Growers Association will offer a special opportunity for new producers to learn about mentoring options through the association.

Field days are co-sponsored by the Pennsylvania Forage/Grazing Land Conservation Coalition.

“Focusing on pasture production to decrease feed costs as well as selecting animals that are best suited for pasture production allows producers to increase their profitability,” said Melanie Barkley, extension educator based in Bedford County, who is coordinating the field days.

“Networking with other producers as well as viewing producer facilities at field days is a great way to learn and share information about sheep and goat production,” she said.

For more details or to sign up for a field day, go to the website or call 814-445-8911, ext. 141. Cost for each field day is $20.

Deadline for registration is one week prior to the field day of your choice.

To speak to one of the organizers, call the Penn State Extension office in Bedford County at 814-623-4800.