2019 KY Annual Producer Conference

The 2019 KY Annual Producer Conference was held on October 26th at the Clark County Extension Office in Winchester, KY. We had 112 participants. 

Keynote Speaker:

Susan Schoenian

University of Maryland

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Bill Decker, Kentucky Sheep and Goat Development Office Board Chair, welcomed everyone to the conference and shared important announcements. 

  • 2017 Census data showed:

    • Kentucky's goat numbers are at 60,000 head​

    • Kentucky's goat farms have increased by 14% to a total of 4,330 farms

    • Kentucky'd average goat revenue was $3.7 million 

    • Kentucky's sheep numbers have increased by 22% since 2012 to 70,000 head

    • Kentucky's sheep farms have increased by 25% to 3,660 farms

    • Kentucky's average sheep revenue was $11.8 million

  • Kentucky Sheep and Goat Development Office received funding from the Kentucky Agriculture Development Fund to create more education programs on marketing of meat and fiber. Development of programs will begin January 2020.​

John Chism, Kentucky Department of Agriculture Livestock Marketing, introduced the new sheep and goat livestock market specialist, Jason Wachter. Jason worked in the KDA State Veterinary Office prior to accepting this position.  

More about Jason: 

I reside in Stamping Ground KY with my wife and 2 children, Erica,Olivia and Clay. My children raise and show goats through Scott County 4H. In addition to the goats, we have 2 horses, 2 dogs and 2 cats. We are members of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church where I also serve as a deacon and my wife teaches Sunday school. When not involved with a goat show, kid's school activity, or sporting event, I enjoy about anything outdoors, especially horseback riding and hunting.

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 Jimmy Henning is Extension Professor and Extension Forage Specialist in the Department of Plant and Soil Science at the University of Kentucky. 

The first speaker was Dr. Jimmy Henning from the University of Kentucky Plant and Soil Science Department and the Kentucky Forage Council. Dr. Henning spoke about rotational grazing.

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Susan Schoenian is a Sheep and Goat Specialist at the University of Maryland's Western Maryland Research & Education Center

Our keynote speaker, Susan Schoenian, University of Maryland Sheep and Goat Specialist, spoke about how to increase parasite resistance using genetics, feeding, water, and shelter systems within rotational grazing, and alternative parasite management methods. 

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Annual KSWPA & KGPA Board Meetings

​Both KSWPA and KGPA hosted their annual business meetings. Click links below to see business conducted and board of directors elected. 

KSWPA Meeting Information

KGPA Meeting Information

Kentucky Sheep and Goat Development Office

PO Box 4709

Frankfort, KY 40604