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Master Small Ruminant Class Combo

 

KSWPA/KGPA Member Registration- $250 (monthly payment options available upon request)

Non-member Registration- $280 (membership included to association of choice and monthly payment options available upon request)

Individual classes:

KGPA/KSWPA Member Fee- $75

Non-Member Fee- $105 (membership included to association of choice)

KSGDO Education Subscription

As you progress in your small ruminant operation, you will want to learn more in depth information in areas that can be improved and enhanced in order to become more efficient and profitable. 

The Small Ruminant Master classes are designed for producers who have been in operation more than 5 years and are ready to hone in on their skills. Classes are offered individually or as a combo, and give lifetime access as long as you are a KGPA/KSWPA member.

Why Take a KY Master Small Ruminant Class?

  • Fine tuning skills in major production areas can help you make just the right improvements in the quality of animals and products you produce.

  • Focusing on nutritional and genetic improvement can set you apart from your competition. 

  • Classes are equivalent to college 300-400 classes. For a fraction of the cost, you can receive research based, in depth information from college level instructors.

  • The cost of one class is cheaper than a vet bill for an issue you can handle after taking one or all of these courses.

  • Course purchase is one time and access is for a lifetime as long as you are a KGPA/KSWPA member. This means you can return to the information as often as you need. 

  • Lifetime access of the courses also means that you will receive all updates and additions as courses are enhanced. For example, a rotational grazing planner is coming soon to the KY Small Ruminant Grazing School. 

Benefit of the Combo Option

As you know, nutrition, forage management, genetics, and parasite management all work together in a small ruminant operation. Therefore, even if you are mainly wanting to focus on parasite management, there is a lot of cross over with grazing and genetics. If you are mainly focusing on nutrition, there is a lot of cross over into grazing. If you want to work on genetic improvements, you will see the benefits across both the nutrition and parasite management of your flocks/herds. Purchasing the combo option allows you to look into specific areas in the other courses. For example, when you get to rotational grazing in the nutrition course, you may be interested in the rotational setup and forage option information offered in the grazing school. Also, the combo price is less than buying all the courses separate. 

KY Small Ruminant Master Grazing School

This is a self-paced, online course designed to helps you:

  • identify quality forages for your pastures,

  • explains how to plant and manage the forages

  • explains how to refurbish pastures

  • explains how to harvest quality hay

  • explains how to feed forages to sheep and goats on a rotational system 

 

This course is chocked full of information created  by the University of Kentucky Plant & Soil Science Department and offers a certificate of completion. Instructors include Dr. Ray Smith, Dr. Jimmy Henning, and Dr. Chris Teutsch. Lifetime access is available as long as you are a KGPA/KSWPA member. Non-members will receive a membership with registration. 

Master Small Ruminant Nutrition Course

Nutrition is the #1 most important part of a small ruminant operation, therefore getting this aspect as good and efficient as possible will in turn give you better profits. This course will help you:

  • understand basic physiology

  • classify feed stuffs

  • identify nutrient requirements for all production stages

  • practice ration balancing

  • develop balanced rations

Dr. Don Ely, University and Kentucky, and Dr. Andrew Weaver, North Carolina State University, team up to provide a comprehensive small ruminant nutrition course. This is an online, self paced course with a certificate of completion option. Lifetime access is available as long as you are KGPA/KSWPA member. Non-members will receive a membership with registration. 

Master Small Ruminant Genetics Course

Dr. Andrew Weaver, North Carolina State University breaks down many aspects of small ruminant genetics from breed traits to genomics. After this class, you will know:

  • the qualitative traits of many breeds

  • how to select for the traits most important to your operation

  • know how to keep records to determine genetic improvement

  • identify where to purchase high quality replacement stock

 

This is an online, self paced course most ideal for producers that are ready to move to utilizing genetic programs like the National Sheep Improvement Program. Lifetime access is available as long as you are a KGPA/KSWPA member. Non-members will receive a membership with registration. 

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Basics of Small Ruminant Parasite Management

Parasite management is the most difficult part of small ruminant production. There is no silver bullet, but there are several different tools that can be used to minimize infestation. Dr. Andrew Weaver, North Carolina State University and Dr. Beth Johnson, DVM, provide:

  • the basics of dewormer resistance

  • how to use genetic and nutritional tools to reduce the parasite loads in flocks/herds

  • demonstrate body condition scoring

  • demonstrate reading FAMACHA scores

  • tells how producers can receive FAMACHA Certification

Lifetime access is available as long as you are KGPA/KSWPA member. Non-members will receive a membership with registration. 

 

This course can also be offered by an Extension Agent. 

Thank You to Our Partners

KADF
University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension
KY Proud
Kentucky State University
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