September 10, 2016

October 1, 2016

December 10, 2016

January 7, 2017

March 11, 2017

Sheep and goats 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 a four class course that will give producers knowledge on a wide range of topics that are vital to the success of all goat and sheep operations.

Why is SRPS for You?

  • Designed for Beginner 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 three 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 a notebook, 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.

Class topics will include:

  • Nutrition (available at the December 10, 2016 class at the KSU Research Farm) 
  • Genetics & Selection
  • Market Trends & Niche Marketing
  • Fencing, Shelters and Equipment
  • Parasite Management (FAMACHA Training offered the KIO Tri-State Small Ruminant Summit)
  • Foot Care and Hoof Trimming Workshop (available at the December 10, 2016 class at the KSU Research Farm)
  • Health Management (will be taught at the KIO Tri-State Small Ruminant Summit)
  • Record Keeping
  • Breeds of Goats & Sheep (including pros & cons for the most popular breeds in Kentucky)
  • Reproduction
  • Development of Annual Production Systems
  • Record Keeping 
  • Hands-on Body Condition Scoring Workshop (available at the December 10, 2016 class at the KSU Research Farm)
SRPS is 5 classes over 6 months (you will attend the September, January and March classes in the same location):

Lyon County Extension Office

Grayson County Extension Office

Barren County Extension Office

Clark County Extension Office

Boyle County Extension Office

Trimble County Extension Office

Current KGPA & KSWPA Member Fee $100 (if you are unsure of your membership status, please email our office)
Non-Member Fee $130 

Registration Deadline:
September 1, 2016

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