Production Resources

Join or Renew

Successful small ruminant production starts with getting connected to our community. Join the Kentucky Goat Producers or the Kentucky Sheep and Wool Producers today! 

SRPS- Small Ruminant Profit School

Sheep and goat numbers are booming in Kentucky! To help producers get off on the right hoof, the Kentucky Sheep and Goat Development Office is offering SRPS. This online course gives new producers knowledge on a wide range of topics that are vital to the success of all goat and sheep operations.

2019 KY Sheep and Goat Management Calendar

The KY Sheep and Goat Management Calendar is a great tool to help producers stay on track each month. With helpful production tips, due dates for each day of the year, listing of events, common illnesses/treatments and moon signs, you should be able to keep track of all your important farm records.

HoofPrint- The Small Ruminant Magazine

HoofPrint: The Small Ruminant Magazine is a quarterly periodical whose goals are to promote better animal health, husbandry, and knowledge among sheep and goat producers. HoofPrint provides timely articles and news stories related to all aspects of sheep and goat production and marketing. Our editorial focus includes health & management, genetics, nutrition, marketing, and much more! All members of KGPA, KSWPA and TSPA get a subscription with an annual membership.

KY Annual Producer Conference

The KY Annual Producer Conference is an event hosted by KSWPA and KGPA to serve as annual association meetings and an education opportunity. Check out the 2017 conference and get details for 2018!

HoofTrader

Looking to buy or sell livestock, hay, equipment or services? Let HoofTrader do the work for you! Receive a 30 day classified listing and Facebook promotion for just $10!

Breeder Directory

Looking for sheep or goats to add to your operation or have breeding stock available? The Breeder Directory is the place to start. This Directory provides the names, type of operations and breeds for hundreds of farms. Breeder Listings are a great opportunity to market your farm's genetics. All KSWPA and KGPA members receive a Standard Listing on the directory. But producers can ramp up their marketing efforts through a Bronze, Gold or Platinum Listing.

Scrapie Tag Info

Every small ruminant operation must have Scrapie Tags in order to sell livestock off the farm. The Scrapie Tags are a means of animal identification as well as a system of trace-ability in the case of a disease outbreak. 

Check Off

The Kentucky Sheep and Goat Check-Off Program began in 2010 and collects $.50 for every $100 worth of sheep and goats sold in the Commonwealth. According to Kentucky law, Check-Off funds must be used for the purpose of promoting the increased use and sale of sheep and goats.​ Check-Off programs include the New Farmer Loan and Special Projects Grants, as well as numerous product promotion events and resources. 

Calendar of Events

Find educational, networking and marketing dates.

Beginning Farmer Resource Guide

Kentucky Center for Agriculture and Rural Development offers a great list on opportunities for beginning farmers. 

Small Ruminant Veterinarians

Having a trustworthy and reputable veterinarian is a must. Check vets that are recommended by producers.

KY Fiber Trail

The Kentucky Fiber Trail is where we are weaving art with agriculture!   There are so many natural fiber resources throughout the Bluegrass, and we want to help you discover it!   Take a glance through our site to read our story, search our interactive map, and find ways you can get connected with the trail!

Kentucky Sheep and Fiber Festival

This year will be our 9th Annual Festival!  Our Festival exists to bring together the arts and crafts community with the producers of the fibers they utilize.  At our festival, you can literally see sheep to shawl and everything in between!   With over 100 vendors each year, live animals, sheep shearing demonstrations and an amazing array of classes- our festival has something for everyone. 

Sheep and Goat Markets

Find out the most recent sheep and goat prices! 

How to Find Archived Livestock Market Reports

Learn how to find archived livestock market reports from the USDA Livestock Market News website.

Stockyard codes:

Bowling Green: SV_LS551

Maysville: SV_LS553

Paintsville: SV_LS552

Paris: SV_LS555

Washington: SV_LS556

Kentucky Sheep and Goat Numbers

Sheep and goats are on the rise. See the most recent statistics from the National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Current Kentucky Sheep & Goat Statistics

Check out an interview with David Knopf, NASS Regional Director regarding current Kentucky trends!

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Kentucky Sheep and Goat Development Office

PO Box 4709

Frankfort, KY 40604

502-682-7780

sharon@kysheepandgoat.org