SRPS Packages:

For more questions regarding SRPS, please contact Kelley Yates at 502-682-7780 or

“I am really glad our son has had this wonderful opportunity to start his small ruminant learning process.  I have a feeling he will be taking at least one of his teen sons to another one in the future. ”

--Paul, Leitchfield, KY

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Registration Deadline:

(If you are unsure of your membership status, please email our office)

​September 1, 2017

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“I just wanted you all to know that as of today, we finished up our first lambing--16 lambs in 11 days (9 ewes).  It went better than I could have hoped.  I know we have a long way to go, and I realize that we had a lot of beginners luck, but, what I learned through you all made all the difference. We'd been planning and hoping to expand, but a miserable or awful first lambing might have discouraged us.  Now, I think we will do it.  ”

--Sue, Cynthiana, KY

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Why is SRPS for You?

  • Designed for Beginning Farmers (5 years or less) in goats and sheep. Of course all producers are invited to take part in the classes!
  • SRPS will help you learn the basics and how to properly implement sound management practices into your operation.
  • Producers who have been in the business for five years or less will have a personal mentor to help answer questions and give advice.
  • SPRS participants will have a two year, FREE membership to the Goat Herd Improvement Program (GHIP) (and this is good for sheep too!).
  • Participants will receive a wide variety of resource materials including printables of the presentations and handouts, links to University publications, subscription to HoofPrint Magazine, the Kentucky Sheep and Goat Management Calendar and much more!
  • SRPS graduates can apply for the New Beginning Farmer Loan offered by the Kentucky Sheep and Goat Council. (Graduates are those that complete evaluations for all 15 modules.)

Check out the NEW SRPS course! 


Online Only

With the Online Only package, you will have access to all the presentations and downloads of the SRPS Notebook. Feel free to download and/or print the materials that you need. 

For current KGPA/KSWPA members, cost of the Online Only Package is $60.

For non-members of KGPA/KSPWA, cost of the Online Only Package is $90.

SRPS consists of 15 online modules and
two on-site classes. 

  • Module 1: Welcome to SRPS
  • Module 2: Industry Overview
  • Module 3: Breeds of Goats & Sheep (including pros & cons for the most popular breeds in Kentucky)
  • Module 4: Market Trends & Niche Marketing
  • Module 5: Facilities and Fencing
  • Module 6: Guardian Animals
  • Module 7: Health Management
  • Module 8: Foot Care and Hoof Trimming (accompanied by an on-site workshop at the KSU Benson Research Farm and/or UK C. Oran Little Sheep Research Unit)
  • Module 9: Nutrition (on-site class at the KSU Research Farm) 
  • Module 10: Quality Assurance
  • Module 11: Parasite Management
  • Module 12: Reproduction, Genetics & Selection, Birthing Difficulties, and Care of Newborns
  • Module 13: Record Keeping
  • Module 14: Mating Systems
  • Module 15: Annual Production Plans


  •  FAMACHA Training 
  • ​Hands-on Body Condition Scoring Workshop 
  • Numerous additional resources on rotational grazing, pasture management, handling, and much more! 

Online & Print

With the Online & Print package, you will have access to all the presentations and be mailed a copy of the SRPS Notebook in a heavy duty 3 ring binder with dividers (over 400 pages). 

For current KGPA/KSWPA members, cost of the Online & Print Package is $95.

For non-members of KGPA/KSPWA, cost of the Online & Print Package is $125.

Notebooks are available while supplies last! 

Course Completion:
With your registration, you will have 12 months of access to the online course materials. A certificate of completion will be issued to all students who complete the 15 modules. There are evaluations at the end of each module that can be taken as many times as necessary.

If this is an online class, why are there two on-site classes?

There are some topics like feedstuffs and nutrition, body condition scoring, FAMACHA and proper handling that cannot be taught via a computer. Therefore, these topics will be offered through on-site classes/workshops at  the Harold D. Benson Research Farm in Frankfort, KY and the University of Kentucky Sheep Research Center in Versailles, KY. 

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